Staying Healthy During the Holidays

For those working toward fitness goals, the holidays can be a scary time. There’s temptation around every corner – at work, at home, and out and about town. All social events seem to focus on food and drink, celebrating and generally "letting go."  But to me, this is always the best time of year for health and fitness related goals.  Here's why:

Reaching a fitness goal takes persistence and focus, even in the face of constant hurdles. But the truth is, if you started a journey towards a healthier life right after reading this, you could be 10 pounds lighter by New Year's Eve.  Even more importantly, you will have started to establish routines, and perhaps an action/reward system that we know creates long term changes.

Here are some tips to keep you from giving in, and staying on track:

-Write down a new healthy goal for each day during your holiday period, and write it down on a piece of paper to keep in your pocket or your wallet, or set a reminder in your phone. 

-Set a new reward for each week in December, and treat yourself to a present you’ve earned after staying on track with working out and eating well.

-Keep a running tab of every treat you pass up at the next party or night out, and give yourself a dollar for each one you don’t eat. Use the money toward new fitness gear.

Give yourself quality workout time before enjoying down time with family, and you will maintain progress toward your goals and avoid the commonly experienced weight gain!  That way, when you raise your glass on New Year's Eve, you won't feel like a failure with a resolution ahead of you.  You might not reach your goals by then, but you can be proud that you do not need a silly resolution to become healthier in will already be on your way.