Maintaining balance throughout the holiday season can be a challenge because of all the parties, food, drinks, shopping and everything else that needs occurs during this time. The holiday season should be all about spending time with family, friends and enjoying yourself, not about feeling guilty because you overate or didn’t workout. Balance is the key and Fitfluential is all about balance that focuses on four components: Eat, Sleep, Move and Enjoy! FitFluential is not about deprivation and guilt, it is about “fitting into your life” and creating a healthy balance. This is why am so excited and proud to be part of the FitFluential family as an Ambassador.
Here are my tips to find balance this holiday season:
- Challenge yourself: Don’t go crazy and create unattainable goals that will be impossible to reach (like losing 10 pounds) but do challenge yourself. Join an online holiday challenge like Run To The Finish’s Holiday Bootie Buster Challenge or sign up for some holiday races like a Hot Chocolate 5K or just create your own challenge that will keep you active.
- Indulge but don’t overindulge: The holiday season is composed of events that include food. Starting with Thanksgiving and ending with New Year’s it seems like there is an overabundance of food everywhere that is impossible to avoid completely. This does not mean you have to eat everything in sight! Don’t eat food just because it is there and it is the holidays, choose the foods you love!! Enjoy a small serving of the foods you love while incorporating healthy foods like veggies onto your plate. If you love pumpkin pie then have a small slice but don’t also have pecan pie, cookies, and cheesecake. Pick your battles-choose the foods you really love and enjoy them, leaving the rest behind.
- Limit alcohol: Too much alcohol lowers your inhibitions leading to overindulgence. After a few drinks our will power weakens and we are more likely to overeat. Stick to one drink if you are female and two if you are male and if you must have more then alternate each cocktail with a glass of water.
- Rest: During the holiday season between work, working out, shopping,parties and everything else we usually burn the candle at both ends and sleep is usually one of the first casualties. Rest is important, when you are tired your choices tend to be the wrong ones-I’m tired so I can’t workout, cook healthy, etc. Aim to get between 6-8 hours of sleep a night to keep your body well rested.
- Enjoy: Enjoy yourself. Focus on family and friends. Don’t allow guilt and deprivation to ruin the holidays. Just remember, everything in moderation.