Don’t Wait for the New Year: Get Healthy Now!
Halloween is over and holiday promotions are underway. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, Hanukkah, etc., despite the fact that it is only early November. ‘Tis the time of year where we make merry and often indulge at parties, gatherings, and big meals. The average American gains 1-5 pounds during this time of year. How can you stay on track?
Here are some tips to help you stay focused and healthy throughout the holiday season.
- Create an 8-week plan: Whether it’s eating a healthy breakfast to ward off mid-morning snacking, taking the stairs, or cutting back on sugary drinks (soda, coffees, etc.), establish a few healthy patterns that you aim to maintain from now until the end of the year. Small changes make a big difference when it comes to weight management. Healthy changes often become permanent habits when you stick to them. Positive behavioral change is a great way to begin a new year; make it happen!
- Moderate your indulgences: It is difficult to completely ignore seasonal treats. Make a pact with yourself to permit an occasional indulgence (maybe a pumpkin-spice latte, or a favorite holiday cookie), but to enjoy these “treats” in moderation, not every day. Make them special and savor them. Set parameters about when and how you indulge. Complete restriction can leave you feeling miserable. Be of good cheer, but be reasonable.
- Set a goal: Don’t wait for the New Year! Round out 2013 by crushing a few more goals. Workout 1-3 times per week, sign up for a holiday walk/run, eat vegetables at every meal…you get the idea! Goal setting will help you stay on track and have something to talk about at holiday events. Make a SMART goals that fit your schedule, budget, and are attainable. You will feel good and that positivity will naturally be passed on to others.
Remember, the holiday season is a great time to reminisce, but always be moving forward with wellness. Should you get a little off track, don’t shame yourself. Today is a new day. Get back on track. If you feel overwhelmed (as many of us do during this time of year), remember the basics. Get ample sleep, drink plenty of water, and try to stay active in any way you can.
EVERY LITTLE BIT HELPS! Avoid the tendency to postpone or ignore healthy habits until January. Start today.