Finally, I can officially say Happy Holidays to you.  I may be a little late as many people consider it the holidays right after Halloween or when they see Santa Claus comes down Fifth Avenue in the Thanksgiving day parade. For me it is not the holiday season until I see Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer on TV.  Well Rudolph was on Tuesday night so HAPPY HOLIDAYS YA FILTHY ANIMALS!!!!

That’s one humble bumble

The holiday season is a busy time for all of us.  This season is full of  parties, visits from family and friends, travel, and other festive events which leads to overeating/drinking, hectic schedules and stress (this makes me think of that song the “12 Pains of Christmas”).

Despite everything going on I am here to tell you that this holiday season is THE PERFECT time to start working toward your fitness goal, and here is why:

Strike While the Iron’s Hot

Inspiration can strike at any moment and anywhere.  Maybe that feeling after Thanksgiving dinner was the catalyst you needed to jump starting your fitness journey.  Whatever the reason might be act on it immediately.  The longer you wait to act the more likely it will be that your inspiration will fade and make it that much easier to make excuses on why you shouldn’t/can’t start.

Making the decision to start is a huge and  uncomfortable step.  It involves us getting out of our comfort zone and admit we need to correct a problem.  Keep in mind you don’t have to start with anything huge.  Many people want to fix the problem immediately and hit the ground full steam ahead.  They quickly get overwhelmed with everything and eventually give up.  To set yourself up for success start small and keep adding other small things.  Before you know it all those shall things will add up to big things.  It’s about getting 1% better everyday, not 100% better in 1 day.

It Only Gets Easier From Here

We already mentioned how this is one of the busiest time of year.  If you can start healthy habits and keep them going this time of year then the rest of the year should be a cake walk.  Figure this as trial by fire.  It is easy anytime of year to make excuses on why you can’t work out.  This time of year it seems to be 1,000x easier with so much going on.  Excuse making can become a slippery slope.  It might start with skipping workouts, or adding an extra cheat day on your diet because of a  huge events.   Before you know it you are cancelling workouts because the grass is green and ordering Dominoes because today ends in a Y.

I have no time!, I can’t get to the gym! etc. are awful excuses.  Thanks to High Intensity Interval Training we can get a great workout in in about 20 minutes.  Take Tabata for example. Pick 4 exercises (body weight exercises work great btw :)), do 8 rds of one exercise before moving on to the next.  Each round consists of :20 seconds of work/:10 of rest.  That is a 16 minute workout right there.  Add in a 5 minute warm and BOOM! 20 minute full body workout that will increase strength and burn fat.  You don’t need much room to do this as well making it a perfect workout to do at home (see don’t need the gym all the time;)).  Work this in 3-5x a week and you have a solid holiday workout plan.

Your Body Doesn’t Deserve Coal

We give everyone else a gift, why not give one to our bodies? That is unless you think your body deserves to be on the naughty list.  We treat our bodies like we are Scrooge and our bodies are Bob Cratchet from a Christmas Carol.  We overwork them (yes even on Christmas) for little pay.  It’s time we take care of it.

Exercise has been proven to help relieve stress, which there is an abundance of this time of year.  Stress can have a negative effect on our body including weight gain, aging, and an increased risk of getting sick.  Working out can alleviate this.  It has also been proven that working out helps to increase dopamine levels (the happy hormone) in the brain, which can help really make this a Happy Holiday for you.

A Successful Start to the New Year

I always heard that successful people make their bed in the morning.  I never knew why until my mom told me it was because it was the first successful task they completed every day.  No matter what happened the rest of the day these people can look back and say that the day was not a failure because they have done something successful

We are taking bed making idea to the next level.  New Year Resolutions are all about fresh starts and setting yourself up for success.  The number one New Year’s resolution is weight loss.  How great would it be to wake up January 1st having already accomplished a goal?  Pretty awesome right? Instead of starting on the 1st we are already had success and are set up to continue steamrolling toward our goals (and creating new ones).  This is the time we throw more gas on the fire and buckle down to get where it is we want to be.  It will take work,  but you can set your self up to have a very Happy, Healthy and Successful New Year.

Need help surviving the holiday season. Stay tuned for the holiday survival guide coming out soon!  Or click this link to set up in-home or on-line personal training.

 

What are some methods you use to survive the holidays?  Let us know in the comments below!

 

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Steve is a NASM CPT and Crossfit Level 1 fitness coach who has a passion for building strength. He views strength building as the ultimate tool for weight loss, performance training, and rehab/prehab for injuries. Steve is currently studying to become a Physical Therapist Assistant. Steve provides in-home personal training as well as on-line coaching. You contact Steve at sjgsports@gmail.com with any questions or comments you might have.


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