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3 Ways to a Healthy Holiday Season

posted Nov 19, 2014, 8:20 AM by Walk Strong Calgary

This time of year, it can be a challenge to stick to an exercise routine. Christmas pageants & concerts for the kids, office parties, vacation, family visits, gift shopping, advanced meal prep... it can be quite overwhelming. For some, the Christmas Season is very hard due to having lost a loved one around this time. I encourage you to keep (or put) physical activity on your priority list this year - you'll be energized for all of the other activities, and it will definitely help with holiday stress and depression. Here are three tips that can help keep you on track:

3. Try Working Out in the Morning
People who work out in the morning tend to be more consistent with exercise, and it's also a great way to kick start your metabolism for the day. Get up 15-20 minutes early and do a mile or two with one of Leslie Sansone's DVDs, get on the treadmill, etc. You'll have more energy all morning, and you'll have one less thing on your mind during the day - i.e., fitting your workout in. Bonus - you'll start your day in a great mood!

2. Join a Fitness Class 
Investing in a Fitness Class is a great way to stay motivated for several reasons. The group energy and friendships that develop help with adherence, and you may be more likely to get yourself to class if you've paid for it - yes, the financial commitment can be a motivator!   If you opt for a series that has a set length, say 8 weeks for example, you have a definite start and end date, and you can opt whether or not to continue later. I have a Walk "Live" series on Saturday mornings starting November 29 that will run through to the end of January - why not sign up? Deadline November 28 and details here:  walkstrongcalgary.com/upcoming-programs

1. Start NOW!
We are very, very good at procrastinating, especially when it comes to our own health. "I'll start tomorrow. Next week. Next Month." One of the biggest barriers to physical activity is perception of time - we believe we can't fit it in. Unfortunately, what's happened in the fitness and weight loss industries to some extent is this misconception that you have to work out for an hour at a time in order to reap any benefits from the activity. This is simply not true. Three ten-minute brisk walks throughout your day have exactly the same benefit as one 30-minute walk at the same pace. It's OKAY to break up your workouts into smaller segments! Let's break through that mental barrier about time and fit movement in wherever and whenever we can!

Want to get started? Visit walkstrongcalgary.com for class options that may work for you. Make this Christmas your healthiest one yet!

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