Ready or not, the Holiday Season is in full swing. Everywhere we turn there are Christmas treats… At least that is what I am seeing! It is hard enough to stay focused on a workout and diet plan without the added temptation. I have good news for you!! We can do it! Most people decide to “wait until after the holidays” or “the new year” to begin their fitness journey. This year I decided to (re)start my fitness journey right smack dab in the middle of the holidays! It is tough to get going any time of year. Make the commitment and stick to it. Truthfully, I have cheated a few times… But the important thing is to keep going! If you start now, you will be weeks closer to your goal. I challenge you to get a head start on your New Year Resolution by following a few tips from yours truly!
1. Join a Fitness Group
If you are on Facebook, chances are you have seen SOMEONE advertising a “fitness accountability” group! I am in the middle of one right now! I joined the 21 Day Fix Advent Group and it has been great to get healthy recipes from many others! Not to mention Beachboy has a number of excellent At Home workouts! The “Total Body Cardio” on 21 Day Fix kicked my booty today! The 21 Day Fix lasts only (you guessed it) 21 Days! The workouts are 30 minutes and you can do them in the comfort of your own home. I made plans to get to a group fitness class today and ran into some traffic. I went home, turned on the DVD, and worked out in my living room. My two year old even joined in the fun! The best part is that you have a coach that can help keep you motivated and answer any questions you have!
2. Workout Buddies
If you are not ready to join a group or don’t have anyone in your life hosting one right now, get a friend to meet you at the gym! There is more than one reason to get a partner to workout with. When I make plans with friends, I will do everything possible to make the plans work and get to the gym on time. It adds more accountability. It is greater motivation at the gym to push yourself. It is beneficial to add friendly competition to your routine. Your friend can double as your spotter! You will not have to look around and find the least intimidating person to ask for help. Let’s face it, all other benefits aside, working out is way more fun with a friend!
3. Start Small
I am always saying this… but start with baby steps. Go for a walk once per day for 10 minutes. Opt for the furthest spot in the parking lot. Skip the dessert or eat smaller portions! In a week, you can add onto your journey. The key here is to get moving. As for the diet, just as important to start small. As much as it pains me, skip the french fries and bun! Enjoy cashews or almonds instead of potato chips. The truth is that the small things add up. Starting small will help build lasting habits and get you closer to living a healthy, sustainable lifestyle.
4. “There’s an App for that”
In this digital age, there is an app for everything! I have personally used a few of them to aid in my weight loss goals. You can download an app to track your weight loss. Studies show that if you log what you eat, you are more likely to make changes. It is not practical to take an actual food diary around with you. But I would bet that you have your phone with you almost every time you eat. It takes about 30 seconds to search your meal and it will calculate approximately how many calories you ate. The app I use for this is called “Lose It”. It is a free app that can help you create a weight loss plan based off of your goal weight. It can connect to other apps like RunKeeper and Nike+. Exercise apps are becoming increasingly popular. My current favorite is “10K”. This app is designed to help you go from the couch to running a 10K. The workouts start off as 25-30 minute run/walks and the app will tell you when to walk and run. Each day the workout gets increasingly harder with the end goal of running a full 10k. It makes training for races so easy! There is so much technology out there, take advantage of the many options to make your weight loss journey easier!
5. Pinterest It…
Pinterest has become a household name to find a way to get fit, eat healthy, and do it yourself! Personally, if I am wondering how to do something, I usually look it up on Pinterest before Google now-a-days! I use Pinterest to find 21 day fix approved recipes, and basically any other diet out there. Anytime I scroll down, there are tons of fitness challenges and work outs! Don’t be fooled! These workouts may appear to be easy, but they are tough! There are so many ideas on Pinterest to get in shape! You can find Yoga, Pilates, Running, Cycling, HIIT workouts, and many others! Here is one I found for the Holidays… Feel free to steal it for yourself!
My biggest tip is just to get going… Don’t makes excuses! There will always be something preventing you from getting in shape today! It is easy to put it off… Believe me. I know. One of the most motivational quotes that gets me moving is “You will always be disappointed if you don’t work out, but you’ll never be disappointed that you did”. You are worth the effort. If you eat a holiday brownie, it is okay! Get back on track right after that! It is about moderation and healthy living! Make little changes… One Breath at a Time -DLD
What is your favorite holiday treat?
Have you tried a work out app?
If so, what is your favorite?
What is your favorite work out right now?
What do you want for Christmas?