Can you believe we are in December? Is anyone else wondering where 2018 went? It seems like I blinked and we’re already moving into a new year, boy, I don’t need time going by that fast.
I know this last month throws a lot at you but I still want you to focus on making it through without derailing too much from all those healthy habits you have worked on all year. This doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some delicious Christmas goodies but I do want to help you devise a plan of action before you go all in.
Here are my quick tips to help you this month
Tip # 1: Schedule your workouts. I know your busier than ever trying to make all the things happen but to be able to accomplish so much over the next 24 days you are going to need the energy. Exercise helps to reduce stress and anxiety, it helps keep our sugar cravings under control, and if you are anything like me, it makes you a little more pleasant to be around. It is important to keep a familiar routine when so much is going on around you. Let’s face it, everybody needs 30 minutes to an hour to take care of themselves no matter what time of year it is.
Tip # 2. Drink your water. When the temperatures dip down it makes us reach for the hot teas and an extra cup of Joe, which ultimately means we need even more water. Dehydration makes our skin drier, less performance in our workouts, less energy, and our bodies need the water for survival. The goal is half of your weight in ounces of water at a minimum (you need an extra 8 ounces for every hour of exercise and every cup of coffee).
Tip # 3. Get your Sleep. This is the one area we always try to skimp on to fit more “stuff” into our day. Wrong idea! It is flu season and when you get yourself run down, you lower your immune system making you more susceptible to all the illnesses that are going around. Sleep is when your body rejuvenates. We are overstimulated all day long by our jobs and having cell phones around the clock. The goal here is 7-8 hours each night just as you did the last 11 months. Sleep is when the magic of all your hard work gets to come to life.
Tip #4. Arm yourself with healthy snacks. How many times have you been held up longer than you had planned? Poor planning = drive thru’s and candy bars. Never leave home without healthy portable snacks. I always have a bag of protein powder, water bottle, and a snack bag of raw nuts with me. It doesn’t have to be fancy, just healthy. Have you ever gone on a long road trip and didn’t plan to stop for gas because you wouldn’t have time? That would be craziness, treat your body the same way- it needs refueling throughout the day.
Tip # 5. Practice Gratitude. Don’t let this time of year get you caught up in what you don’t have. Instead focus on 5 things every day that you are thankful for. It can’t be your family because that is a given, instead look for the little things like a great cup of coffee, 5 minutes of unplanned quite time to yourself, a great conversation with a friend, a beautiful sunrise. Look for the small things in your everyday and you will start appreciating all that you are blessed with.
Living a healthy lifestyle is year round and we can’t push it aside because we are too busy with other things. It is a full time commitment. Embrace the feeling you get from a good workout, or the stress release it provides, make those feelings something you look forward to so you don’t want to miss. I hope you learned a tip or two to keep you on track this holiday season. I would love to hear how you have handled it all in the past.