It’s December 1st! Which means it’s Christmas and holiday month. Which means it’s tons of food month!!
I was planning to write something today anyway, and then this little gem made its way across my desk and I thought “Hm, fitting”. A fun little 25 Days of Christmas Fitness Challenge.
This plan is fun and pretty darn simple. So, you can do it alone just to ensure you get some exercise in, or you can add it in as a compliment to your regular workout regime.
For me, December is bonkers – there are dinners with friends, and family get-togethers, and parties (I have one tonight!), and shopping (which, often entails snacking), and Christmas movie-watching (again, which often entails snacking) – which all lead to overindulging – in everything from sugary sweets to delicious turkey to spiced wine.
During the holidays it’s definitely important to have a workout program you can stick to. Christmas is a celebration! We shouldn’t have to worry about “falling off the wagon” when it comes attending the parties and dinners and enjoying all the wonderful offerings of the holidays.
The 25 Days of Christmas Fitness Challenge is a pretty basic plan. You can get a great little workout done in just a few minutes and carry on with the rest of your holiday to-dos.
Also, If you have a game plan for the month (or the week) and prepare for what’s upcoming, you’ll survive the holidays without freaking out too much about weight gain and sugar consumption. For many, planning ahead is key.
For instance: tonight is Thursday. Normally, Thursday nights I would be at the gym for a few hours then I would finish the night with a Zumba class. This has been my ritual for a few years and it is my favorite night of the week. But, Zumba was cancelled for this evening AND I knew there was a party planned for tonight. So, I made sure to get to the gym last night, and I went for a run as soon as I got home tonight. I’m also going to eat dinner here shortly so that I won’t eat/overeat this evening. I had a game plan and I utilized it.
In fact, I have a game plan for the remainder of the weekend because I’ll be out town, there is shopping, and there is another Christmas party on Sunday (where there will be tons.of.food!!) A GAME PLAN CAN BE A GAME CHANGER!
Remember that December is just one month. And then it’s over. Allow yourself to have fun and indulge a little. Don’t stress out on whether or not you should have a little extra gravy on your turkey, or what will happen if you have another chocolate truffle. Go ahead! Just….maybe don’t eat all the truffles! But if you do, know that it’s just as easy to get back on track as it is to go off.