During the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, diet and exercise often take a backseat to parties, shopping and time with family. Let’s face it; no one wants to count calories at the office Christmas party or run off to the gym when Clark Griswold is stuck under a semi. The holidays are about relaxing and having a good time! Unfortunately, many of us start off the month of January with a load of regret and a few extra inches on our waistline.
Without a doubt, the holiday season is the hardest time to focus on health. But with a little determination, you can stick to your diet and still enjoy the festivities. Here are some tips to keep you on track through the holidays so you can ring in the New Year without regret.
Use the 80/20 Rule
It’s nearly impossible to avoid unhealthy foods during the holidays. Luckily, you don’t have to! The 80/20 rule is an easy way to practice moderation in your diet. Eat healthy foods 80 percent of the time, and allow yourself to indulge 20 percent of the time. If you plan on attending a festive holiday spread over the weekend, vow to eat clean, healthy food throughout the week. You’ll stay on track with your diet, and you won’t have to feel guilty about indulging with friends.
Plan Your Workouts
Mark your workout schedule on the calendar and stick to it! You’re much more likely to hit the gym if you know beforehand which days you will be going. Be sure to mark off the days as you complete them so you can look back and see your progress. This will help you stay driven on days when you don’t feel motivated.
Holiday shopping, sledding and Christmas caroling may not seem like exercise, but they certainly burn calories! Don’t spend your holiday season glued to the couch. Find creative ways to stay active while spending time with friends and family. You’ll feel better, stay healthier and make memories in the process.
A positive attitude is a powerful tool. Encourage yourself daily by reflecting on your health goals and the progress you’ve made thus far. If you do veer off course, don’t let discouragement lead to defeat! It’s never too late to get back on track and start making healthy choices.
Enjoy your holiday season to the fullest by making your health a priority. Treat yourself on occasion while indulging in family, friendship and memories. You’ll feel happier, look better and start the New Year with no regrets!