Ah, the holidays are among us! What an amazing time of year.
I've already spent some time in the forest and found the perfect Christmas tree (thanks to a few friends for the help) and made a wild wreath to hang over the fireplace. The decorations are up and I'm enjoying my morning coffee with coconut eggnog by a fire surrounded by Christmas cheer. Even though I don't love the set up and clean up that comes with holiday decorating, this is the time I love it most. And it really is worth the hassle!
Although we do consider this the “most wonderful time of year”, many of us become more stressed than we have been in the previous 11 months.
We typically have more to do and lots of money to spend. We find ourselves committing to so many things and wondering why we feel exhausted by the end.
And this over commitment leads to us dropping our health and fitness routines. Now let’s get one thing straight...
Body composition changes are generally hard to achieve for most folks over the holiday.
Give yourself some grace this time of year! You don’t need to be hitting every single workout or depriving yourself.
Not gaining body fat, or not losing lean tissue can be considered a WIN over the holidays!
Instead, you can reshift your focus and adjust your goals after the holidays are over and you aren't surrounded by temptations, added stress and a busier than usual schedule.
With that being said, I’d like to share with you some of my favorite tips for surviving the holiday season without completely letting yourself go.
(You may find you feel so good by January 1 that you’ll be ready to hit the ground running for your next training season!)
Tiana Rockwell is a certified nutritional therapist, avid endurance athlete and dark chocolate lover. She believes that by eating REAL food, we can balance our body and reach optimal health and wellness!