Be realistic as you set your goals. Ask yourself: “On a scale of 1-10, how likely is it that I will carry out my plan?” If you’re at a 9 or 10, great. If you’re only at a 5, you probably need to come up with a different workout schedule. Keep in mind, this is only temporary for 30 days or so, to get you through this hectic season. When you can get back to your favorite routine, you won’t face the drudgery starting over. You’ll simply ramp up the intensity and/or time commitment.
When it comes to food, downscale your expectations. Choose your nonnegotiables. For example, maybe you’ll be sure to eat a tossed salad every day, no matter what. Or, you’ll make certain to include some protein for breakfast and before you head for the cookie tray.
The beautiful thing about managed slacking is that you get to set your own guidelines, and they can be modified. By doing this, you have a realistic fitness plan that you feel good about. New Year’s resolutions will not have to deal with exercising more, losing weight and eating healthier. You’ll have a jump on the most common areas that people want to improve upon.
Dialing down the intensity with which you do your workouts, meal prep and other chores means that you don’t have to live the “all or nothing” rule that so many inflict upon themselves.
Should you slip from your holiday health and fitness plan, begin again with the next meal or day. Always do something, even if it seems insignificant. Doing 10 pushups before lunch and adding an extra serving of vegetables will reinforce your good habits, even if you missed your regular workout. Eating nutritious food and engaging in some form of physical activity will help ease holiday stress and ward off illness so you can enjoy the best of this spirited season.