By: Christine King
Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers
Holiday parties and celebrations are upon us, which means temptation abounds. Rather than ditch the diet and exercise, implement these hacks to maintain your fitness level and overall health. Succumbing to culinary concoctions at every gathering will leave you feeling heavy, guilty, and energy depleted. Instead, use the following to avoid re-upping your commitment to being healthy and fit on Jan. 1. You’ll maintain energy levels, keep the weight at bay, and feel better about yourself than worse.
- Keep your fitness schedule. If there’s one appointment not to cancel this month, it’s your workout! Doing this will help shed unwanted toxins and guilt as a result of the sins the night before. Even if you must shorten the time or revise your routine, do not eliminate your workout!
- Select your indulgences carefully. You usually know which events or days of celebration will have the best food. Save these occasions for your “cheats.” For the others, be sure to drink two glasses of iced water and eat a healthy mini-meal before the event. Your stomach will be full and less likely to crave unhealthy selections that generally aren’t your favorites.
- As American Express would say, “Don’t leave home without it,” meaning healthy, portable snacks. It’ll help you to feel satisfied in addition to keeping nutritious food in your system. You’ve heard me explain many times about preparation being the key to success with snacks. This month, if it’s necessary to purchase the wholesome nibbles rather than prepare them yourself, it’s a much better option than not having food to grab and go.
- Double up on daily movement. Use the stairs more than usual, walk around the office, park far away from shopping stores, and event venues. Skip the valet and use this opportunity to sneak in an extra walk!
- The mirror test. Now, more than any time of the year is a critical time for you to look in the mirror and say your affirmations out loud. For example, “I will maintain my nutrition and fitness routine today.” Or, “I commit to following my health plan for this month.” And finally, “I am healthy, valuable, and am doing everything I know to stay healthy and fit’.
This last hack is especially useful. After all, these promises are to no one but you. When you look in the mirror and repeat your affirmations, the only person to judge is you. We all understand how awful it feels when breaking a promise to oneself. This holiday season, don’t allow it to happen. Preserving commitments you’ve made to yourself causes your self-esteem to soar, riding you into a healthy, happy New Year!
Christine King is a Medical Exercise Specialist, Fitness Expert, and Founder of YourBestFit. The health and wellness company has helped thousands of clients recover from injuries, look and feel better and improve their overall well-being. www.ByChristineKing.com.