The holidays are a time to slow down, reflect and catch up with loved ones at the end of a busy year. Especially if you live somewhere that experiences seasons, the cold weather inspires people to gather. And when people gather, they like to eat! Believe me, I am all for it.
The caveat is that when it's cold outside, we are more inclined to stay in which results in a more sedentary lifestyle. Pair #cozylife with added calories and ingredients we might not consume regularly (added sugar, flours, bread crumbs), and that's when we notice the notorious extra holly jolly in the mid section.
So what is one to do? Well, first and foremost, know that it's ok for your body composition to fluctuate during this time. Your worthiness does not change just because your body changes. It is so important to take this time to rest and to spend time with those who we've missed. It's also important to reflect on all the amazing happenings of the year. Goals reached, trips taken, new & rekindled friendships, new babies, and remembering the beautiful impact left on us from those who have passed.
With that being said, it's still totally possible to maintain the great progress you've made in your health goals while doing all of these holiday things. So, without further ado, here are my top 3 holiday success tips.
1. Set your boundaries- and stick to them!
You've gotta know where to draw the line when it comes to consumption of goodies & booze. Decide what you're ok with having, like one slice of Aunt Ruth's famous berry pie. Decide what you're ok with NOT having, like the marshmallows on the sweet potatoes. Maybe you are setting a 2 drink maximum.
Whatever it is, set it and keep it. Assign an accountability partner if you have to. Boundaries are set and kept by what you DO and not what you say, and it is only a boundary if you reinforce it. If you don't draw the line somewhere, before you know it you'll be on the couch regretting the extra slice of pie or helping of turkey that you thought you wanted after a 4th glass of wine. Believe me... been there!
2. Decide on a daily movement ritual & commit to it every day.
With relatives coming and going, and traveling for holiday dinners & parties, your regular workout routine may take a backseat. While that's definitely OK, it's important to get some movement in every day to maintain a healthy state of mind, boost your metabolism, and to help the digestive system. It could be 10 minutes of sun sals, cat & cow, glute bridges, and modified pushups. It could be breath work and stretching. It could be dancing with the kids before breakfast.
My personal routine is 5 minutes of dancing to my favorite Spotify playlist to warm up, and 20 minutes of strength training exercises like squats, single leg deadlifts, clean & press, rows, planks, and side planks. Sure, some days are a little more hectic and I may not finish but I can make time later in the day to finish up.
Workouts don't have to be all or nothing. You totally can break it up throughout the day, and those periods of movement throughout the day will help keep your metabolism revving resulting in maintained fitness.
3. Choose a mantra or intention for the holiday season
It's pretty common for stress, worry, and guilt to creep in amidst the hustle and bustle. I've found it helpful to have a mantra to recenter my mind and remind me that everything is going to be ok. It can be as simple as one word like peace or calm, or a phrase like, "I have control over how I feel, and I choose to feel at peace." (courtesy of Happify Daily)
Leave me a comment and let me know how these tips enhanced your well-being this season! I'd also love to know what else you do to maintain your health this time of year. Wishing you a holiday season filled to the brim with love, light, joy, bliss, & peace.
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