This year let’s not completely fall off the wagon
Here we are in December and our summer has finally arrived, this is the time of year we all look forward too, catch-ups, Christmas, New Year celebrations, and holidays to just relax and indulge a little more in life. Most of us have our weekends already mapped out for December and into the start of January.
This year let’s not completely fall off the wagon, for many of you, you have worked far too hard all year to make positive changes with your health and fitness and are finally feeling the benefits!–You can still enjoy your summer season and get togethers -but can also maintain and incorporate healthy food choices, exercise and lots of activity into your month to help keep you motivated and ready for a whole new round of New Year Resolutions in January.
Here are a few tips to keep you on track throughout our social month of December!
Let go of guilt – Making yourself stressed over food and exercise during the next few months is not healthy, try not to feel guilty when you have a moment of indulgence, get straight back on track and focus on maintaining a positive attitude to food and exercise – that way you are more likely to stick with staying healthy and fit over the next few months, and not feel overwhelmed and think it is all too much and throw in the towel.
Stay hydrated – Always drink plenty of water during the day to assist your body to stay hydrated, the health benefits of drinking water are endless, but it assist with the digestion of food.
Slow down – If you are at a social event, make sure you try little bits of all types of food and avoid loading up your plate. Chew your food slowly and enjoy the taste and flavour of all foods.
Remember, it takes 20 minutes for the stomach to tell your brain that it is full, so enjoy your meal and listen to it when you are no longer hungry.
Also another good tip is to not linger at the food table chatting, as this can help to stop you from nibbling on unnecessary food like dips and chips.
Be prepared - If you are going to a gathering where you take a plate make sure it is a healthy plate that you can eat and stay on track with.
Get active – Through December stay active with games of sport in the backyard and park, bush and beach walks runs, swimming etc. and do this with friends and family as it will keep everyone fit and happy. You can even plan and organise your Christmas and social catch ups around these activities with a healthy picnic or a BBQ.
Keep your regular routine of exercise up at the studio or at home, as maintaining consistency is the key to enjoy the benefits of exercise and a healthy lifestyle. Even when you are away on holidays there is no excuse as hotels often gyms and pools and you can always go for a walk wherever you are.
Try to keep up your incidental exercise as well, take stair instead of the elevators when doing the shopping, park your car a little further away from your destination, all those simple choices we make in our everyday life can really add up.
Here is a little body weight workout to help keep you in shape you can do at the studio, at home, a park, or even on holidays. All you need is a skipping rope, mat and you, no fancy equipment a no excuses.
3 -5 rounds – depending on how much time you have and your conditioning
10 body weight squats
If you need changes with the workout – go for a walk or run around the block instead of skipping and you can always change your body weight exercises to lunges, burpees, mountain climbers, planks. Variety is always the spice of life and it will help you stay motivated!
Shelley Myatt is the owner and operator of Shelley Myatt Fitness and Well-Being, Columnist, Life Coach & Motivational Speaker based in Toowoomba, Qld.