Christmas is a time of celebration, whether you are religious or not. It is that time of year when people get into that festive spirit of office parties, visiting friends and relatives, eating and drinking.
But after the season has ended, many people look back with regret over things that have happened. Many eat too much, some drink too much, some just didnt enjoy the whole experience. Most let their health routine lapse, put on a few more pounds than they wanted to and pick up the odd cold. Some of these things cant easily avoided, but most can.
Roll the clock forward twelve months and its the same thing next year. This is your chance to break the cycle. This is your chance to take control of your life and stop being just like the turkey you eat. Get smart, seize the opportunity and benefit from all that the season has to offer.
During the festive season people eat as though they have never seen food or drink before. Possibly because there is so much food and drink available, they think that it must be eaten and drank now. But remember, you are not the turkey! You are not the one who is supposed to be fattened. You are not the one that is supposed to be running around not knowing whats going on. Exercise control. Exercise meal control, portion control snacking control and sweets control. And above all, exercise.
Think about after the festive season. Think about your long term health. Do you have the discipline to say no? Im not saying not to try different foods, but count the calories in your head. Count the volume that you are eating and ask yourself, do I really want to do this to my health?
Here is a different take on things :
Limit your drinking, youll have a much better time with your family and friends if you do. Abstain for a few days, so that you can let your body recover. Give yourself the chance to drive and visit as many people as you can. Its fine to have the occasional drink, but after a couple, the alarm bells should be ringing.
When the season is done, you will want to know that youve enjoyed it all. Youll want to know that you remembered everything, and you still feel good about it.
So, eat in moderation, drink with caution and exercise freely.
Exercise to seasonal happiness
Work it off. Dont wait to put the weight on before working it off. Work it off before you put it on. Exercise at least 3 times per week. If your exercise routine is more gentle, then do it daily. Daily routines are much harder to break, because they become a part of your life and your body generally does not need recovery time. Be mindful to not over do it though. Listen to your body, and if it needs a break, take a day or two off. But not too long, or you may lose the habit.
When working out at home, use an exercise mat.
For a great body, good health and happiness this festive season, eat and drink in moderation and exercise as often as you can.
Youll thank me for it.