Tis the season to be Jolly Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la! So here we are during this festive time of year and while it’s a great time to enjoy family, friends, gift giving, and good food, it’s also a time of year that can come with a lot stress and in many cases remorse. I could give a big spill about how to stay fit during the Holidays, but in truth Christmas among other Holidays are just a few days out of the year.
Let’s break it down by meals:
365 days * 3 meals a day = 1095 meals a year
There are about 5 to 6 holidays that we tend to overindulge in food, alcohol, etc.…
6 holidays * 3 meals a day = 18 meals
So, of the 1095 meals per year as an estimate 18 of those meals will be consumed during the Holidays. In truth, those 18 meals won’t make or break you. However, it’s the 1077 other meals (1095-18) consumed during the year that will.
Trying to balance a healthy lifestyle with family, work, social life, etc. can seem impossible at times. Let’s be honest it’s not easy. Exercise requires a certain amount of exertion in order to be effective and for those that haven’t been working out it can feel intimidating. However, start by incorporating just 5-10 minutes of exercise daily and you’ll naturally start to build endurance and strength. No gym No problem! There are so many exercises that can be done right in the living room of your home. Most of the exercises can be done without equipment and are great for cardiovascular health and strength conditioning. Do it by yourself or include your family, make it competitive, and make it a routine. Here is the list of exercises in the link posted below.
1. Jump rope
2. Stability ball squats
3. Plank Walkouts/Advance Plank Walkouts
4. Modified Squat Press/Squat Press
5. Wall Sit with Glute Abduction
6. Body weight squats
7. Jump Squats
8. Glute Bridge Variations
9. Plank Up and Downs
10. Partnered High Plank
Hopefully, this doesn’t come off as being preachy, but I rather share things you can do no matter the time of year.
1. Choose a lifestyle that will be conducive to your overall health.
a. Eat for Nutrition
c. Drink water
d. Manage stress
2. Put that lifestyle into action
3. Don’t give up.
Exercise is the gift that keeps on giving. Happy Holidays!
Nutrition Specialist & Fitness Trainer