Sunday, December 16, 2012

Healthy Holidays

We are in the midst of this year's holiday season: the span of time between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day in which we, as a country or culture, have a propensity to overindulge in food and drink.  Typically, our dietary choices during the season lean toward the less healthy as well.  Our schedules fill with parties, pageants, shopping, etc, potentially taking time away from our training and exercise.  This provides added challenges or barriers to those of us who have goals related to weight loss or control, sport performance, and health or wellness.  Here are my thoughts.

First, enjoy it!  Live a little.  I saw a statement from someone in recent years--probably on Facebook--that went something like, it's not as important what you do between Christmas and New Year's, as much as what you do between New Year's and Christmas.  It is a short span of time.  Be merry!

Keep in mind however, the more you overindulge, the more work you'll have in front of you starting January 2.  So, here are a few tips:

1.  Be good most of the time.  When you aren't partying, stick to healthy eating.

2.  Just like the rest of the year, emphasize water, vegetables, fruit, and reasonable portion sizes.  Limit processed foods.

3.  Keep in mind: if you are not training as much or as hard, you do not need to eat as much.

4.  Make time for at least some type of workout on most days.  Perhaps you can incorporate mall walking into your shopping trip.  Alternatively, this is a good time for recovery.  You can opt for total rest (no exercise) or relative rest (less exercise.)  Another option would be to use modes of exercise you don't usually include in your training, e.g. swimming instead of running.

5.  Stay focused on your goals.  If you haven't already made a plan for 2013, now would be a good time.  Do you want to go faster, longer, be lighter or stronger?  It may serve as a reminder for moderation regarding your diet.

I intentionally kept this one short because we are all so busy.  Happy holidays from Personal Best Training & Coaching!

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