Let's face it, the holidays can be a drag for many of us. With the colder weather keeping us inside more, and the almost constant temptation of delicious foods, staying motivated about your health is often challenging. The good news is, there is no secret to staying in shape during the holidays! It's not rocket science, but it does take discipline and endurance to stick it out. Below we share a few tips for how you can stay motivated and own your health during the holiday season.
4 Simple Keys to Staying healthy and motivated during the holidays
1. Find a Workout Buddy
Working out by yourself doesn't have to be your reality. Find a friend who has the same mission as you: staying in shape throughout the whole year. Go to the gym together, go running together, have fun exercising together. Staying healthy doesn't have to be a drag. Don't do it alone!
2. Find your "Why"
Let's be honest, most "fitness education" only talks about external motivation - relying on things outside of ourselves to keep us motivated. This isn't all bad, we do need some external motivation in our lives. However, internal motivation is the real key to moving forward in life and health. Finding your internal "why" is critical. What's your vision for your health, for your life, for your relationships? Why are you willing to endure the hard things that come against you in order to see a better future? Answer these questions, and it becomes much easier to say "no" to that slice of pumpkin pie or that extra helping of mashed potatoes when you know your "why."
3. Ditch the "All or Nothing" Mindset
A lot of people have an "all or nothing" mindset when it comes to fitness and health. They place high expectations on themselves to be absolutely perfect in the areas of nutrition and fitness, but as soon as they fail to meet those expectations, they fall back into old patterns and habits. Pretty soon, they give up altogether. We must ditch that mindset. Allow yourself some room in your fitness plan for dessert. Expecting perfection is a bad plan.
4. Plan your Exercise
"Failing to plan is planning to fail." There is always time for a workout - if you plan for it. Some is always better than none. Even if you don't have a perfect exercise plan in place, a bad plan is sometimes better than no plan at all. Set yourself up for success this holiday season and create a plan for your health. You'll thank yourself for it on New Years.
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