Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and we know that the holidays can be such a busy and stressful time. However, that doesn’t mean you have to fall completely off the bandwagon with all the progress you’ve made this year on your health and wellness. In fact, it’s a great time to double down on healthy habits and boundaries. And that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy yourself either – yes, you can absolutely enjoy that slice of pecan pie or scoop of bread pudding and not wreck your personal fitness goals! But how do we balance those things with everything going on?
Here are 5 healthy habits you can establish to help you stay on track during the holidays:
- Take a moment to reflect on your personal investment in your health. Make up your mind on what you’ll partake in and what you won’t. This includes your schedule and food. I like to make a list of things I want to experience, and if it’s not on the list… I don’t do it! I’ve learned that setting boundaries during this high-pressure season is better than exhausting myself on the things I don’t necessarily value, and it leaves space for the things that are truly important to me.
- Don’t give up on your fitness just because it’s busy, or you’re out of your routine! There are plenty of resources nowadays that can help you get a workout in even if you’re on the go or short on time. Our OnDemand library is designed just for that. We update it weekly with new classes, and you can access it from anywhere with a WiFi connection. We actually have an amazing Black Friday offer on this too if you’re not already signed up – 30 Days for just $30, you can’t beat that! And if you’re visiting family in Baton Rouge, we’d love to have you in the studio. Your first class with us is always free!
- Limit the temptation to graze your way through the holidays. I know there are so many goodies to indulge in, but skip the endless appetizers and limit the alcohol and sweets so you can enjoy the main attraction… the MEAL! So many of our traditional Thanksgiving and Christmas dishes are only made during the holidays, so let yourself enjoy them to the fullest without feeling like you went overboard. And don’t forget to give yourself a little grace, too!
- Drink lots of water, just as (I hope) you always do! Our holiday meals tend to be high in sodium and sugar, both of which can dehydrate your body. Keep your healthy habits close during this busy season. Carry a large water bottle with you to always have it on hand.
- Find creative ways to move your body during the holidays. Following your big family meal, invite friends and family to dance to your favorite playlist, or be that family member that signs everyone up for that Thanksgiving Day race. They might roll their eyes a little bit, but trust us, everyone will appreciate it and feel better. Better yet – if you’ll be in town, come workout with us on Turkey Day. Our annual Turkey Buster class is always a treat and helps everyone enjoy the big meal without any of the guilt!
Most of all, remember that the holidays arrive quickly and are over in a flash. Enjoy the important things, and don’t forget to take care of YOU – mind, body and soul!