Complete this sentence: You know the holidays are here when …
You might give any of these as an answer:
There are not enough hours in your day
You have to put off exercising because of any number of reasons
You are attending too many parties and eating too much of what you should not be eating.
And on and on.
All of those answers may be true, yet you feel guilty because once the holidays are over, you are back to where you started. Well, I have some solutions for you:
- Eat. Yes, eat before you head out to one of those after-work parties. If you have been in the habit of having a healthy lunch, you won’t be that hungry by the time you get to the party and you will be less likely to eat the things you should not be eating.
- Go for 10. Use the rule of 10, which simply means exercise for 10 minutes instead of 30. Studies have shown that exercising consistently for 10 minutes each day can produce good results. Or, you can always divide up your exercise routine into 10-minute blocks: 10 minutes before you leave for work, 10 minutes at lunch time and 10 minutes in the evening, if you have the time.
- Avoid stress. The holidays can be enjoyable but they can also be stressful. Trying to do too much to find the perfect gifts, cook enough food for a football team, and at the same time being the perfect hostess can leave you feeling like a wrung-out dish cloth. Don’t do it! Christmas is a time to be enjoyed; a time to reflect on the reason for the season, which is Jesus Christ. He doesn’t want you to wear yourself out. He only wants you to honor Him.
To help you with your 10-minute routine, here are some simple tools you can use. They don’t cost a lot and you can even take them to work with you.
This is great for working your entire body – abs, back, upper and lower body, or use it in place of your chair for greater stability.
I like these because they come with an instruction booklet, a bag to carry them in and workout videos.
Don’t let the holidays catch you napping. Continue your fitness routine with little effort, and feel proud of yourself in the New Year.
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Don’t let 2022 catch you napping. Get on track now and it will be easier to stay on track when the holidays are over. Just sign up here.