This is the time of year where you wonder how you'll ever get everything done on your to-do list, right? Between shopping, standing in long lines, cleaning and decorating your home, going to dinner parties, and visiting Santa, the most important element, your health & fitness, is a much needed but often sacrificed affair. These are the times where you can make a million excuses not to exercise or eat right. However, as stress increases, so should your activity level: In other words, make your personal fitness a priority NOW! Keep in touch with your feelings and emotions.
Remember, the most important person is you. If you don't take care of yourself, who will? Due to the fact that "dieting" adds unnecessary stress to this time of year, your goal for the holidays is to maintain your weight. Look at holiday fitness as you do your budget: You don't want to wake up on January 2, 1996, and feel broke, unfit, and depressed, do you? This is a time of year where you can celebrate total mind, body, & spirit alignment. The more time you spend on yourself, the more special of a person you become.
Due to my rigorous schedule of television, lectures and international travel, I face the ‘holiday to-do list’ every month. I've also found some secrets on how to achieve maximum health benefits during the holidays. Here are some tips on how to avoid the "normal" 10-15 pounds that many individuals gain during holidays.
HOW TO SQUEEZE IN EXERCISE WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE TIME:
1. When you're on the phone, try these exercises:
2. If you can't get out of a company party, tell the group you'll meet them there, and meanwhile: Sneak in a few sets of stair climbing before your work day ends. First put on your comfortable shoes, then walk up and down the stairs for 15-20 minutes. Vary intensities by going quicker or skipping a step. Exercise helps increase your energy and decrease your appetite.
3. Make gift giving fun, instead of just giving presents, you could also give a friend a gift of fitness: Buy you and your friend a day or week pass to a health club. You two can lift weights, swim, play racquetball, and even Jacuzzi together. You'll feel great, and so will your friend. Give a coupon of your assistance, i.e., helping to rake leaves or shovel snow together. If it's something that has to be done anyway, why not make it fun, burn calories, shape-up, and build a better relationship. Give your friend a personal trainer’ at a local gym, a video and set of hand weights for you and a friend. You can be each other’s personal trainer by motivating each other to exercise. Rent an exercise machine for a month. This is an inexpensive way to stay motivated and fit during the cold months.
4. Turn up the music and tune out the TV! This is a wonderful time of year to celebrate with friends and family. Put on some hot dance music or holiday music and have a singing and dancing present wrapping party. By turning off the television for just one week you'll be amazed by how much more active you and your children become!
HOLIDAY SURVIVAL GUIDE TO EATING:
Since holiday meals are usually set up as feasts, be frugal of your selections. Develop a game plan and stick to it. Social eating is the worst type for uncontrollable or what I like to call "unconscious" eating, i.e., wandering from dish to dish, snacking on various delectable, indulging in a whopping 2,000 calories of high fat, high sugar, and virtually nutrient-free foods!
Don't buy sugary, high calorie snacks.
You are a lot stronger than you give yourself credit for. With commitment, discipline and planning, you can stay on your program. Yes, it will be difficult. Yes, it takes a lot of discipline. That's okay, the lord knows you can handle the situations you are put into. You can call upon him to keep you healthy and strong during these busy times. Treat the holidays as a time of rejoicing and celebrating, NOT self-indulgence.
For releasing stress and toning up check out my new Stretch and Tone video. This gentle yet effective method of movement is similar to Power Yoga.
Here are some of the great benefits you will receive from Stretch & Tone
Have an awesome week!
Victoria Johnson is the nation's premier Health and Fitness and Wealth and Spirit "activist." Victoria is the owner and president of Victoria Johnson Intl., a personal training, consulting, marketing and management company. She is not only a fitness guru, she's a born and bread entrepreneur. She believes everyone should be healthy and prosperous. She has produced and starred in over 24 award-winning exercise and dance fitness DVD's and videos, produced and starred in her own television show entitled "Victoria's Body Shoppe" and most recently authored her third book, Body Revival, Lose Weight, Feel Great and Pump Up Your Faith!
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