Don’t let Holiday Temptations be the Grinch Who Stole Fitness.
It’s that time of the year again and the Holidays are upon us and you know what that means, yeah that’s right, lots and lots of extra calories for everyone. You’ll need to be creative and disciplined at keeping your self-control around all those delicious family favorites. You don’t want to pack on the extra pounds just to work them back into your New Year’s resolutions.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: "In human nutrition, the term empty calories applies to food such as solid fats or added sugars supplying food energy but little or no other nutrition. The USDA advises, "A small amount of empty calories is okay, but most people eat far more than is healthy." ]
Wikipedia can give you the definition but you need to make the connection when faced with all those tough food & drink choices at your favorite family dinners and office parties. That second helping of mashed potatoes and gravy, the extra cookie or slice of pie, the 1 or 2 extra glasses of wine while commiserating with friends and family you’ve not seen all year long. The key is to recognize you have to pay to play and if you don’t show a little self-control you’ll being paying for it with a lot more time at the gym come January.
Sure, you need to hit the road to visit family, the kids have holiday rehearsals, you have a ton of things to do to prepare for house guests, and the list goes on and on. But if you can just keep to your normal routine of hitting the gym or that at home workout at least 80% of the time you’ll be able hold down the fort (or your figure) to make it to January.
(But if you just can’t find the time try The Holiday Rev-Up Workout from Women's Health with quick, fun and effective exercises to keep from losing too much ground)
What better way to keep your focus on keeping off the pounds and avoiding those extra unwanted calories than by buying yourself some early fitness related gifts. Subconsciously watch your weight by fitting into that colorful and fashionable pair of Yoga Leggings, a cool Wearable tech watch or get that New Fitness Gear to keep your mind focused on your goals, release stress and motivate you to stay merry and healthy during the Holidays.
Most of all be thankful for your body, for being able to enjoy time with friends and family because your efforts to take care of yourself and those around you all year long have made an impact in the quality of your lives. Make the most out of your Holidays but don’t let the Holidays make the most out of you!
About the author- Ericka Axtle-Ludwig – Owner of Sweat In Style Fitness - is an avid Health & Fitness Enthusiast, Certified Personal Trainer, Mother, Entrepreneur and passionate advocate for animal rights. She lives in the Northeastern U.S. with her husband, daughter and multiple pets.