“My diet can start in January.”
“I don’t have time to work out during the holidays.”
“I am too stressed to worry about my health right now.”
These are common excuses why people put their health and fitness to the back seat during the holidays. You may have said one of these or know someone who has said this during the holidays and the statistics back this up. The “average American” gains five pounds or more over the holiday period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. And these people may or may not lose the weight.
So why do people gain weight during the holidays?
Obviously, people gain weight during the holidays because they eat more and work out less. There is more social pressure, stress, broken routines, and emotional situations.
But if you want to stay healthy, you don’t have to be a statistic. Instead, decide to make smart choices and start your New Years Resolutions in December! Make smart choices, enjoy treats consciously and in moderation. Pass them up when it is not worth it, just because there is a dessert on the table, doesn’t mean you have to eat it. Plan you workouts and don’t skip them! Think of your workouts as important meetings with yourself. You will feel better, less stressed, and be better you for yourself, your friends and family. Most importantly don’t beat yourself up! If you missed a workout or over indulged at a party, don’t worry about it. Just refocus and find balance. The holidays are a happy time! Be happy and give yourself the greatest gift – your health!