With the holiday season fast approaching, there is no time like the present to get your fitness routine in line.
You may be getting busier. There may be parties and temptations and excuses to slack on your healthy eating and workout routine.
You may even think to yourself, “I’ll just enjoy and get back to things in the New Year.”
But that only makes things harder. It only puts you behind once January hits.
It only provides you with excuses to not succeed in the future.
And it most definitely doesn’t help you create healthy habits that will last and get you through other rough, temptation-filled, busy times of year.
Instead of putting your health off to the New Year this year, why not start creating healthy habits and putting in place a program that will help you stay healthy and on-track through the holiday season?!
Below are 10 Tips To Help You Stay On-Track This Holiday Season 5 Tips To Help You Stay On-Track This Holiday Season
There are so many things going on around the holidays that can easily derail our progress. And the last thing we want to do is stress about working out or staying on a diet.
We want to enjoy and have fun!
But that doesn’t mean we can’t find a balance.
The holidays may not be the time to do a super strict program or super long and intense workouts, but that doesn’t mean you still can’t stay on track. It doesn’t mean you can’t still keep moving forward toward your goals.
It doesn’t mean you just give up till the New Year.
Here are 10 GUIDELINES TO HELP YOU STAY ON TRACK.
Tip #1 – PLAN!
Around this time of year, we know there will be parties. And long work days. But sometimes, regardless of the fact that we KNOW these things are coming up, we don’t PLAN for how to handle them.
Tip #2 – Strike A Balance – Clean Eating, Working Out And Indulging
Coming up with a plan of action can help you stay on track and help you balance eating well with indulging.
Staying on track this holiday season doesn’t mean perfection – it doesn’t mean eating only chicken and broccoli or doing hour-long workouts every day. It doesn’t mean avoiding parties and forcing yourself to hit the gym.
It just means you have to strike a balance.
Tip #3 Learn How to say No
It is hard to say “No” sometimes to treats and parties even when you don’t really want them. It is often easier to give into peer pressure.
But if you want to stay on track, you need to learn how to say “No.”
It is good to have goals. Wanting to eat well and workout isn’t something you should need to apologize for. It isn’t something you should be embarrassed about.
And saying, “No” to a treat if it isn’t something you want or will only hold you back from accomplishing your goals, isn’t a bad thing no matter how much friends and coworkers may try to guilt you into eating it.
You also have to remember that saying, “No” sometimes means you can say “Yes” to events, parties and treats that you actually truly want.
Tip #4 – Don’t Deprive Yourself
So even though you have to learn how to say, “No” and not indulge in every treat that comes your way, you also can’t completely deprive yourself.
Learning to say, “No” also means learning it is ok to sometimes say, “Yes.” You have to strike a balance because balance leads to consistency and consistency leads to your goals.
Tip #5 – Cut Yourself Some Slack
Consistency is key. Balance is necessary.
But perfection…Perfection isn’t important. Sometimes slip ups and unplanned for events, especially around this time of year with all of the temptations and parties, can happen.
And the worst thing you can do is beat yourself up over them or let them lead to binges and guilt and giving up on your goals.
Actually, whether it is the holiday season or any other time of year, the best thing you can learn to do is cut yourself some slack when life happens.
That doesn’t mean to make excuses or to let one little slip up or unplanned for event make you give up on everything. It does mean, however, that you can indulge and enjoy and just accept that sometimes life happens.
Sometimes you are going to lack the willpower and eat something you didn’t want to eat. Sometimes you are going to be just too dang tired and skip your workout. Sometimes you are going to want to indulge at a party even when you had planned not to.
Sometimes things are going to happen and you just have to go with the flow.
And the worst thing you can do is make yourself feel bad about it.
It is best to just enjoy and accept those unplanned for event. Enjoy them and appreciate them and use them to help keep you on track the rest of the time.
Often it is good to even realize that you are eating well and working out so that you are healthy enough to enjoy those life events.
Plus reaching your goals is about consistency not perfection. So don’t make excuses and let this be a reason for you to give up on your goals, but do cut yourself some slack when life does interfere.
No matter what time of year it is, but especially during the holidays or any time you are busy, it is good to make sure you have some small, simple daily and weekly goals to hit.
No matter what your goals are though or whether or not you share them with friends, you need to set small goals to help keep you on track during the holidays!
Original Article by redefiningstrength.com