10 Tips For Surviving the Holidays

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10 tips to surviving and thriving this holiday!!!

The Holidays can be filled with family and friends, love, fun, laughter, and excitement.  Many of us have come to understand that distraction and stress can overwhelm us and cause quite the opposite sending us a path that is far from what we desire.

EverFit empowered clients know that a healthy lifestyle and our state of  being is a choice.  How we show up and what we choose to do everyday can shape our overall experience and ultimately the experience of the ones around us.  We can choose powerful action that supports our goals and desires or we can let the distractions, stress, and our circumstances overwhelm us and suck the fun right out of the season.

It is for this reason that we want to share with you some tips that you can choose to adopt into your life over the next couple of weeks to keep you feeling happy, healthy, and free to experience the holidays exactly the way you desire.

TAKE TIME FOR YOURSELF:

Although spending time withe friends and family is essential, its also important to have at least 5 minutes (I recommend 15) to yourself to relax, take a deep breath, and just be still.  Try practicing deep breathing exercises when you feel stressed out.  Take a quick walk around the block, exercise, do a few yoga poses, read a positive story, write a bit about what you love about the holidays or what you are grateful for.

AVOID DIETS AND LOSING WEIGHT:

One of the most important keys to staying on track is to avoid trying to lose weight or restrict your food intake.  If you enjoy your favorite foods in small portions, you’ll feel more satisfied. Trying to stay away from certain foods may leave you feeling deprived which may cause you to eat more than you intended.

ENLIST A FRIEND OR FAMILY MEMBER TO EXERCISE WITH YOU:

Walking and talking with a friend can be a great way to burn off calories and redirect your stress.  Plus a partner is a great way to stay accountable.  Most often you will not skip your workout if you have a scheduled time to workout and socialize.

AVOID THE BLAME GAME:

Too often we blame everything else on why we gain weight;  the Holidays, our Aunt Betty’s famous pecan pie, and alcohol at every function to name a few.  Well,  these types of things are around us all year round.  There is no-one but you choosing unhealthy habits during the season.  We end up believing that is we splurge during the Holidays, then we will officially fall off the wagon and be doomed to living a life in elastic banded stretchy pants all our lives. The key to being healthy is to live healthy between the Holidays and beyond.  If you commit to living in optimal health 80-90% of the time and adopt healthy habits consistently you can punch the Holidays in the face and laugh as you excel and succeed all your way into the New Year.  Stop blaming everyone and everything else and start saying “I desire to be a healthy, fit, and vibrant person. I choose my actions.  Today I will indulge but it doesn’t change what and who I am and  desire to be.”  Take responsibility and love yourself enough to say “No” to seconds and choose to be satisfied with one piece of pumpkin pie.

SAY “NO” WHEN NECESSARY

Sometimes we need to set boundaries.  When you are actually saying “NO” you are saying “YES” to yourself. Honestly and clearly communicating what you will and will not do and can and cannot do for yourself and others.  This is important to any healthy lifestyle.   Saying this simple word will prevent some pretty undesirable outcomes and keep you feeling empowered throughout the Holiday Season.  Keep your desires close to you and practice taking powerful stands for what you want.  If you truly do not desire to do something express it and kindly refuse.  Overbooking yourself and taking on too many activities  for others while neglecting yourself and your own desires will quickly become physically and emotionally draining and set you up for some less than desirable outcomes.

STAY IN THE POSITIVE ZONE:

EverFit Empowered clients know what being in the positive zone creates.  When we think about what we can do, what we trust, like, and desire we can easily shift into constructive actions and behaviors that move us towards an outcome.  Once we fall into the negative zone of focusing on things you can’t have or do, what you don’t want, like or trust can lead to you easily falling into actions and behaviors that prevent an outcome.  The good thing is, if you find yourself focusing on what you don’t want, like, or trust you can easily start focusing on what you do want, trust, like or can do.  You will then very easily choose actions that support you and create powerful results.  Simply becoming aware of your emotions and your thoughts can help you start to change your point of focus and you can then choose to focus on what you can and want to do and make healthy choices throughout the day.

DITCH SAYING I HAVE TO ……

My clients have often been caught saying “I have to do ______”.   I ask “do you really?”  Whenever we find ourselves saying I have to do x, y, or z we are actually coming from a forced place of being.  This is what we call the “icky” feeling place to be, because it is far from being desire based.  We always have a choice to do or not to do something and it is when we live based on our desires that we take natural action to accomplish what it takes to achieve the desired outcome.  I do not have to eat a healthy smoothie in the morning I choose to because I desire to have energy and nourish my body and muscles I work hard to build.  Think about the reasons for why you truly want to do something. Ask yourself  “Am I doing this thing because I am afraid of a particular outcome or experience?” When you are afraid of a particular outcome you can easily be forcing yourselves to do something.  Punch fear out cold and choose the desire based reason for which you truly would like to do the task.

For example, “Your mother in-law insists that you have another glass of wine at dinner.” You had a plan to only drink one glass to stick your health commitment.  Out of fear of hurting her feelings or causing a conflict with your spouse you reluctantly accept the glass of wine and feel guilty and bummed for not taking the stand for your commitments.   On the other hand you could have kindly stated your excitement about your progress in your goal and your commitment to health and kindly decline the 2nd glass.   You would be happier that you took a stand for what you desired.   The third option would be to have the glass of wine because you believe that one more glass will not cause you to lose your course and you can choose to enjoy the evening guilt free.

TAKE THE 6 MINUTE CHALLENGE:

When you need a burst of energy and you want to get some exercise in fast, choose 4 of your favorite exercises.  Do each exercise for 30 seconds quickly and repeat 3 times through.  Feel the heat build up within you.  Do this up to 3-4 times during your day and you have a complete workout completed.  Push Ups, Tricep chair dips, Squats, and Planks are some I recommend.

FIND SOMETHING ENJOYABLE TO DO:

The key to long term health and wellness is to focus on the benefits you experience from adopting healthy habits.  Celebrate every accomplishment, no matter what the size.  Most of all find something you truly enjoy doing.  Dance, swim, cardio drum, weight lift, join a group class and make sure you find it very fun and fills you with joy.  Why force yourself to fill everyday with activities you dislike.  These activities will not keep you fit for the long haul.  Small Group fitness is always a great way to enjoy working out together while enjoying the instruction of an expert who can support you along the way.

CREATE SOMETHING NEW:

Who says new traditions cannot be created.  Think outside the box of the traditional gathering and activities.  Instead of sitting in front of the T.V. watching “National Lampoons” after your meal, first go out and go sledding, ice-skating, or take a walk.  Outdoor scavenger hunts are always fun just remember to ask people to bring a change of clothes and outdoor attire.  Create social gatherings that have activity like laser tag.  Start a dance party with the relatives playing their favorite songs. This is a great way to bring out your inner child again at the Holidays.  Ask a few people to bring a healthy new dish to the party.  Whatever you choose align it with your healthy lifestyle goals and you are sure to succeed.

 

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Beth Rzendzian is owner, Personal Trainer, and Wellness & Empowerment expert at EverFit Training Studio in Brighton, Michigan. She is degreed in Kinesiology/Exercise Science and enjoys taking people to their next level in health and fitness using EverFit’s programs in weight loss, core corrective, and health.  If you’re ready to begin your fat loss or health journey please call 810-225-4529 right now to receive a complimentary fitness Consultation (valued at $79).
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