Thrive During the Holidays
This time of year, the media is full of advice for surviving the holidays by making healthy choices. Some years, I read and listen avidly. "This year, I'm really going to do this!" I tell myself. I must admit though that other years, I feel thoroughly sick of it all, and I want to suggest the experts take their advice and give it to someone else -- preferably far, far away. After all, the holidays are for enjoying and relaxing, right?
I don't remember the year things came together for me. I also don't know if I came to the realization on my own, or if I read and took to heart another piece of advice. It resonates with me though because there is no guilt, and it's highly customizable. Now, when I'm thinking about the holidays, I try to focus on how I want to feel. Granted, sometimes I'm lax about working out, because it's the holidays after all. I pay for that in tense muscles and that feeling that I really just need to get up and move around. Sometimes, I indulge in too much food, and I feel the effects. However, if I remember how I want to feel, I do better. For me, finding concrete terms to describe the feeling helps. For example, during the holidays, I want to feel alert, joyful, reflective, engaged with others, and generally full of fun. It's hard to feel that way if I'm tired, sore, eating or drinking what doesn't make me feel the best, and trying to chase the ideal while ignoring the good things in my world.
So rather than adding another list to your holiday season of all the things you should or shouldn't do, consider asking yourself the question, "How do I want to feel this holiday season?" Keeping this in mind doesn’t guarantee that you’ll be perfect, but that’s an unreachable ideal at the best of times.
Of course, I'd be remiss if I didn't remind you that our workouts make great gifts, and can help you enjoy those good holiday feelings, and keep them going into the New Year!
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