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Tis The Season

November 25, 2016

With the holidays approaching quickly, many of us find ourselves stressing about gaining weight, eating too much and putting on unwanted seasonal pounds. If you're reading this, chances are you are either:

  1. Actively involved in a healthy lifestyle and looking for some helpful tips & tricks for the holidays.
  2. Interested in a healthier lifestyle.

Hopefully we can help with both! Let's start by identifying some of the most common holiday pitfalls, what to do about them, and keep things simple by focusing on what's important.

  • Do Enjoy the holiday meals!
  • Don't Stress over 1 meal here or there.
  • Do Eat healthy when you get the chance.
  • Don't Stop at every candy dish, cookie platter, or office desert available. Try to avoid adding in all the extra little calories available around the holidays as over time they can really add up!
  • Do Focus on the long term. Just like you can't get fit after one workout, you're not going to lose all your fitness in a single meal.
  • Don't Worry about the number on the scale the day after Thanksgiving. Most of the weight you carry over into the next day will be water weight and sodium retention. Therefore, this will not be an accurate representation of your normal weight and may be discouraging. Maybe just avoid the scale the day after ;)
  • Do - Stick to your exercise plan and normal diet the as best you can. If you are unable to work out while on vacation, don't sweat it. Start back up into your normal exercise routine as soon as you can.
  • Don't - Get discouraged. Health and Fitness is are not an "all or nothing" events. Just like as you can't get fit in a day, you can't lose all your fitness in a day. Remember, fitness and health is are cumulative. So every good choice adds up!

Lastly, try to not procrastinate and put it off until New Year. If you start today, you'll be that much closer to your personal health goals and desired fitness without making a mountain of work for yourself. Remember, fitness is cumulative and every good decision counts and adds up!

P.S. If you are interested in a guide to exercise selection, click here!

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