It’s holiday time and this is when many people tend to give up on their healthy eating routine and exercise becomes non-existent!
Then after holidays everyone is on a mission to get back into the best SHAPE and will do whatever it takes.
What I’ve learned over the years is that just BEING CONSISTENT and keeping up SOME of your healthy habits can make a difference. It really doesn’t have to be all or nothing!
Right now I’m typing this sitting in the foyer of this awesome resort in Thailand and I’ve been up early (mainly due to the time difference and I’m used to getting up super early for bootcamp when I’m home) and I’ve been to the gym and then joined the family for a nice buffet breakfast. My workout wasn’t huge or really intense but geez did that 30 minutes I spent working out before I started my day make such a big difference! I feel SO MUCH happier after exercise and as much as I could have talked myself out of it I knew if I just did it I’d feel so much better. I suppose the key to making exercise a part of your life and not just a fad you do when you want to lose weight is to realise that there is so much more to exercise than trying to burn calories and lose weight. Regular exercise can really help with overall health, increase your fitness and the part I love the most, IMPROVE YOUR MOOD!
So if you need one reason to keep up some activity while on holidays, remind yourself how good you will FEEL AFTERWARDS!!!
Same goes with the healthy eating. Have you noticed how much better YOU FEEL when you eat well, limit the sugar and alcohol? I sure have! For years I used to fight eating well and really saw eating well as a means to lose weight rather than look at all the benefits you get from eating well. Like increased energy, improved mood, less sugar cravings and a lighter, healthier body!
Now I know you are going to say that it’s impossible to eat well over Christmas and I suppose the point I’m trying to make is that, again, it doesn’t have to be ALL OR NOTHING. I love my chocolate and treats as much as anyone, maybe even more than some but I know if I let my whole diet go to crap for weeks on end I FEEL really average and my mood plummets. On holidays I like to relax a bit but I don’t feel the need to be extreme. That means eating well when you can, including a few treats and just eating until you are satisfied and not stuffed. Remember, food is to be enjoyed and treats should be included but you don’t have to eat them all at once.
Enjoy your holidays but just remember BALANCE AND MODERATION IS THE KEY!
Tips to stay on track:
- Keep up some exercise. If you don’t have access to your usual gym or your trainer has disappeared to Thailand, you can do some simple exercises at home (see workout below) and do some cardio outside!
- Do your exercise first thing before the day gets busy and too many things pop up to stop you.
- Do some different cardio to keep it interesting. Go for a hike with friends or a walk on the beach. It doesn’t have to be intense but just keeping moving really does make a difference.
- Pack some healthy snacks when travelling and aim to start the day with a good breakfast. Starting with highly processed sugary cereals will only set you up for a day of sugar cravings!
- Enjoy holidays and remember it doesn’t have to be all or nothing!
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Warm-up – Any activity that gets the blood flowing for 5 minutes. You could skip, alternate between jumping jacks, high knees, body weight squats etc.
Complete the following exercises one after the other with no rest in between.
Aim for 15 – 20 repetitions for each OR 1 minute each exercise. Aim for a total of 30-40 minutes working out.
DUMBELL SQUATS, BODY WEIGHT SQUATS OR JUMP SQUATS
PUSHUPS ON TOES OR KNEES
DB LUNGES, LUNGES OR JUMP LUNGES
TRICEP DIPS OR TRICEP PUSHUPS
SIDE PLANK – 3o seconds each side
Finish off with a cool down and some stretching.