This season is full of celebration and cheer, parties, hot cocoa, snow in some places, and fun times with loved ones. This time also has a tendency of helping us forget about our health and fitness routines. So I’m asking you, how are you keeping healthy and fit during the holiday season? Are you keeping yourself active on a daily basis? Has your health been put on the back burner? Don’t worry, I’m here to help! Below are some healthy eating tips and ideas to stay active without having to dedicate a lot of time! Check it out!
When you first wake up, before you do anything else…Do 20 squats, 15 pushups, 10 jumping jacks, and hold plank for a minute. it will take you 2 minutes tops, give you a spurt of energy, and in case you are unable to get to the gym that day at least you were able to be active. If anyone looks at you funny just smile at them, wink, and say “I’m getting better.”
Park your car far away from the entrance of the store when you do your holiday shopping. It makes you walk more.
Clean out your fridge from all the holiday party left overs and baked goods. If its in the fridge, you will eat it. GET IT OUT!
Plan your week out either in your head or on a calendar of when the holiday parties and bad eating days are going to be so you are mentally prepared to eat healthy the rest of the week. Make the cheat meals count!
keep a refillable bottle full of water with you at all times. If you have it with you, you will drink it. You want to drink LOTS of water.
Do one random act of kindness weekly for a stranger. Giving is what this season is all about and it makes you and the receiving end feel good. We were given an amazing gift of life, now its our turn to give.
check it out, Santa even has time to get a workout in. Whats your excuse?
December is my favorite month for many reasons. One of them happens to be because its my month to reflect on all I have accomplished in the year and also write down what I will do, see, and be in the following one. Below are some ideas on ways you can keep track of all you have accomplished in the year your about to close to remember what you have done and reflect to see what you have learned.
Take too many pictures. The place and people in the pictures may change, but the memory captured in the photo will remain forever. HINT: I use my facebook as a time capsule. I title a photo album for the year I am in and every time I go somewhere or do something I put the pictures up on the album so I can look back at all the pictures for the year.
Keep a souvenir. It can be a ticket stub, a bracelet, a map. Anything that reminds you of something you did or a great event that happened. Put it into a big mason jar or box with the date and maybe who you were with on it. At the end of the year take it all out and reflect on the memories. HINT: Put it somewhere you will see it to remember to get something from where your going or what you are doing. ALSO, only put the things that made you smile in there, remember the good times.
Keep a journal. One of my favorite ways of reflecting is to re-read what I wrote about within the year. my emotions, my thought process, what I could have done better or did do well. Journals are raw and perfect because it captures your heart in the moment and what you saw through your own eyes with words. Beautifully natural.
LOOKING AHEAD: Below are some questions to ask yourself for the following year to get your mind right and eyes set on growing into a better person than one last year.
What are your BIG 5 for the year? What five things MUST happen in order for this coming year to be the best year yet?
If you could only accomplish one of your top 5, what would it be? WHY?
What action steps will you take to get those top five accomplished? When’s the deadline?
What relationships would you like to work on this coming year? What people mean the most to you and how are you going to show them this coming year?
What are your top 5 morals in YOUR life? Live by them this coming year.
Here are my top 5 morals as an example to get you started:
relationship with God
Close relationship with family and friends
service to others
strong physical, mental, and spiritual health
Enjoy life/ have adventure
Take your time with these..enjoy your reflection and listen to yourself when asking the goal question. You have all month to reflect and listen to your inner voice. Start living your best life now by planning for it ahead of time.
It’s holiday season, and for most people, that means traveling A LOT. Daily routines get thrown out the window and we live the next two months in a rush of driving, shopping, flying, and visiting people we only see once or twice a year. Sooo…what happened to that workout keeping you healthy and energized? Did that go out the window too?
Here is a tip: DON’T throw that away! Exercise is perhaps even more important now than ever due to the holiday over eating, the weather getting colder making your body put on a little winter “fluff,” and keeping you energized for the craziness going on. So you won’t be making the gym for an hour everyday or making those bootcamp classes as often as before, that doesn’t mean you don’t have to workout. Below are some tips on how to keep up with your health while you’re keeping up with the holidays:
Do an active workout for 20 minutes (it doesn’t have to be an hour every time)
wake up earlier than usual to go for a run
park far away from the stores so you have to walk further than usual
curl your shopping bags as you are walking in your house after shopping (find a way to win)
when you first wake up before you do anything else do 10 push ups and hold in a plank for a minute.
take advantage of your new surroundings if you are traveling somewhere new and play in your new atmosphere. I just recently went camping in the mountains and did a workout in the mud and up hills. We even did bear crawls down a dirt road. (so no more excuses.)
Some ideas of body weight workouts you can do on your own. try doing as many as you can for a minute, time yourself.
pushups (close grip, wide grip, regular, decline)
plank holding for as long as possible
rows using a bar or superband if you have it
anything TRX if you have one. If you don’t have one I highly recommend getting one or asking for one for christmas. They are the best for traveling
The holiday season is my favorite time of year. The last two months of the year have some of my favorite and most cherished memories. Holiday shopping with friends and family, hot cocoa next to a fire while it snows outside, thanksgiving dinner and laughs with all my immediate and extended family, reflecting on this past year and writing my goals and dreams for the following one. It’s a time for everyone to be more giving and more relaxed on work while giving the most important parts of life the attention is deserves.
This year I have a major way I want us to celebrate together:
*Let’s dedicate some of our time to giving to others. Not just to the people we have in our lives, but to strangers. If you are in line at a coffee shop or food place, randomly pay for the next persons drink or buy a gift card to give to the next person in line. To see the look on their face is priceless! Give some old clothes or blankets you don’t use anymore to goodwill or to a homeless shelter. You can donate some time to feed the hungry at a soup kitchen, or donate some old toys to an orphanage. Let’s all pledge to do our part in making this year a GIVING year.
Every so often someone in Fitspired really goes above and beyond. They work extra hard, motivate and push their peers, or does something extraordinary. Although everyone has greatness and works hard, It’s people like Car Car who go that extra mile that deserve to be recognized.
Meet Carlee Casey (Car Car) Carlee has been coming to Fitspired for almost a year and has worked her tail off. Even if she doesn’t feel like coming or if she knows its going to be a one on one day from hell she stills gets in her car and comes to workout. She is willing to take class “field trips” with no fuss, she does the work even on a bad day, and if she is injured she finds a way to win. Thank you Car Car for going the extra mile and working on yourself to be better than yesterday, we thank you!
When people think of being “healthy” they almost always think about exercise. Staying fit and going to bootcamp, yoga, or the gym. The reality is exercise is only one component of being healthy which is why the NovDec challenge has multiple ways of getting points than just exercise related. This challenge is suppose to be a fun contest for the holiday season but it is also here to help you stay as healthy as possible. It is a reminder not to neglect yourself while you’re running around buying presents, making food, and planning events.
Staying healthy also means feeding your brain with books, releasing tension through massage and yoga/meditation, and having fun with your friends and families at holiday parties and gatherings. This is the reason NovDec was created, to remind you of what is important in being healthy. Yes, exercise is definitely one of them, but it is not the only thing. Now lets have fun together this holiday season and make it the healthiest and best one yet!!
NovDec news update: There has been an addition and change to the NovDec points! Keep your eyes open on Facebook to find additional ways to earn points. They will only be available for a week to retrieve the points so be on the look out! Also, you will receive 25 points just to bring a friend in to bootcamp for their first time and 150 if they sign up!
Welcome to our holiday NovDec challenge! This is how it works: It is based off a points system. Every time you do an activity or accomplish something on the board you add that amount to your points. It starts November 1st and ends on December 31st. Whoever has the most points on New Years Eve wins. There will be a first, second, and third place prize. We will be revealing the prizes soon so stay tuned. The first prize to be unveiled is a month free of membership! Check out what you need to do to earn your points below.