With everything on your “list”, getting to the gym, yoga class, or doing any of your regular positive movement activities may have fallen by the wayside.
But WAIT – I have good news. Let’s redefine “exercise” for just a moment as “positive movement”. That hour you spent rushing around the mall – CARDIO! The whirlwind house cleaning – STRENGTH TRAINING – AND CARDIO! Put on some upbeat music and clean away. You are getting exercise or “positive movement” even if you’re not making it to the gym.
If you can take a few minutes in the morning for a quick walk before work, especially with your 4 legged friend, it will jump start your metabolism for the day. But remember – only water, a little coffee, or green tea before you walk – eat breakfast when you get back!
So if you don’t taste too much of the batter, keep a level head at the various parties / gatherings and eat moderately and over time, good work! You’re approaching a “healthy holiday” from both sides.
And to give yourself a stress-break, pop in that yoga dvd. It will actually help reduce the stress you’re feeling and let you re-balance. Even a “breath break”, taking a minute timeout to close your eyes and slowly breathe in and out, is a terrific stress reducer.
You can make it through the season and still incorporate quite a bit of movement and without straining the scale. Appreciate the exercise you’re getting in the process, moderate your eating habits a bit and you’re good to go!
Moderation. Small helpings. Sample a little bit of everything. These are the secrets of happiness and good health. – Julia Child
A quick tip on the party/gathering circuit. Yes, there’s so much amazing food laid out and it’s temptation city. But you can do this. Just balance your appetizer plate with moderate servings of a variety of foods, eat slowly, talk more, and enjoy the party! And remember that alcohol is sugar in disguise. Enjoy a beverage (or 2 or 3), but space them out and “work the room”! Enjoy!