People often spend more time focusing on what they put in their mouth than on what comes out of their mouth by means of conversation. The key to controlling yourself during the holiday is to become distracted by something other than highly caloric items.
Spend time playing games, telling stories, singing, dancing, and having fun! The more time you spend doing something outside of eating, the easier it will be to avoid another unhealthy holiday season.
I always tell people to start a new tradition each year. What household doesn't have a mountain of snapshots that need to be sorted? Organizing this “clutter” will be stress relief in itself, but you also will get an emotional lift when you glimpse the photos again.
Plus, this is the perfect gift for the people you care about - the opportunity to revisit memories all together!
Feel free to play a new family game, go on a family hike, do an art project, sing songs, dance around the house, etc.
Holidays are intended to create new traditions so use this time wisely because when looking back you will be overjoyed with the memories that you captured.
Challenge for you: Have at least a ten minute conversation with five people before taking your first bite of food.
So it might be inevitable that you are going to eat more, but why does this mean that you are going to move less? Outside of over-consumption during the holiday's people also tend to skip their daily fitness routine. There is no reason that everything needs to fall apart during the last leg of the race! We encourage you to exercise for at least 30 minutes four times each week during the holiday season.
The next strategy is… don’t be afraid to get creative with movement:
Have a dance competition with your family
Cut down your own holiday tree
Get a partner and schedule your workouts into your calendar in permanent marker
Park as far as possible from the mall, so you have to walk
Perform 5-minute interval exercises (push-ups, jumping jacks, run in place, crunches, etc.)
Walk at a steady pace whenever shopping
Play games with the kids in your family because they are usually filled with energy
Wear a pedometer (or download a smartphone app) and try to walk 10,000 steps each day
Sign up for a holiday race
If you ever need any additional guidance or support, please don’t hesitate to reach out!