1. Pick up a new winter hobby!! It’s easy to be active during the spring, summer, and fall. We can go outside whenever we want and remain a fairly high level of activity. Winter is different- most of us go in to hibernation mode and our activity level plummets. My challenge to you this winter is to find a new winter activity and try it just once. Some ideas include (but aren’t limited to) cross-country skiing (you can find cheap rentals and it’s a KILLER cardio workout), ice skating (great one with the kiddos), snowshoeing (wintertime hiking is GORGEOUS), skiing/snowboarding, and sledding (you’ll be surprised at the calories burned hiking up that hill so many times!). All are great ways to actually get out and get active.
2. Find a new indoor hobby!! If the cold and snow just isn’t for you take my challenge from #1 and apply it indoors where it’s warm and cozy! I challenge you this month to try tennis, swimming, racquetball, cycling, joining a gym, jumping rope, or trying out some at-home workouts (I know a guy who posts some pretty good ones… here are 38 at-home workouts!). The bottom line – be more active this month than you were last month and kiss those extra L-B’s goodbye!
3. Plan, Plan, Plan!! Did I mention plan? Think about how often you check your holidays for the holidays. If you’re anything like me you did it about 5 times last week while deciding friend/family/work holiday parties. While looking at your calendar take time – like right now – I want you to go get your calendar right now and sit it in front of you – take the time to schedule workouts/activities for yourself… AND THEN STICK WITH THEM! Get them on your agenda now because if you don’t they will not get done. Make time for yourself this season!
4. Plan a workout before a holiday meal. To piggy-back idea #3 – while looking at your calendar, make sure to schedule a workout the morning of a holiday party/event where you know you’ll be surrounded by food. You’re less-inclined to eat unhealthy on days where you’ve done something active. You’ve also made an effort to burn calories so the effect isn’t as great when you do eat that piece of cake as it would be had you done nothing at all.
5. Strength in numbers. One of my favorite tips – enlist a buddy this season with similar fitness goals
and then check in with them regularly! Go to the gym together. Play tennis. Meet them on the slopes or rent your cross-country skis together. You’ll be much more inclined to follow through if you’ve got someone else depending on you. Also, check in with each other about your diet and exercise. I promise you won’t eat that extra cheesecake if you’ve got to tell your buddy about it the next morning. I’m constantly on my patients about doing their home exercise program – I’m convinced that my incessant hounding is a primary driving force in their performing their exercises!! Let it work for you, too.
3 bunches of grapes
3 handfuls of mixed nuts
2 glasses of wine
1 handful M&Ms with nuts
2 pieces broccoli with ~1 Tbsp cream cheese dip
Holy cow! Who hasn’t eaten AT LEAST that while hanging out at a party?! Try to put some distance between you and the munchie table at your next holiday party!
8. Allow yourself SOME indulgence! Okay – you’re not going to completely give up EVERYTHING this holiday season. There’s going to be some moments of weakness (hello – can you say sugar cookies?! I could eat those bad boys by the dozen!!). Allow yourself to cheat a little or you will go crazy. But do it smart. Some good tips are:
– Only one dessert per party
– Share dessert with a friend/spouse/significant other. That way you’re only eating half!
– Go for the low-cal option. Look for the smaller cookie instead of the supreme-delux brownie sundae.
A little willpower can go a really long way on the scale the next day!
Stop the holiday bulge right here, right now. This is the year that you will beat the fruitcake. Follow these guidelines and get through the holidays toned, tightened, and ready for the new year!
Make it happen,
Have a great day!