In part 1 and part two of our series, we mentioned a couple common reasons people let their health and fitness slide during the holiday season: cost and poor nutrition habits. In this third installment, we are going to address a third factor: Schedule.
You are probably well aware of the difficulty of “fitting things in “during the holiday season. It’s not uncommon for our calendars to be covered in more red ink than that test you forgot to study for back in high school. There are family parties, work parties, neighborhood parties, shopping, cookie swaps and meals to prepare. Whew! We are eating on the run and trying to find time to squeeze in a run.
Yes, there’s that little factor of the seasonal change as well. While we have all of this going on the weather turns colder and the days grow shorter. As soon as the bright colors of Autumn give way to the darker and sparser winter we tend to move and do less.
So, as our motivation wanes it becomes a bit more difficult to talk ourselves in to being active. Now couple that with the increased demands on our time and we have the perfect storm for being a little more ahem, lenient when it comes to our exercise and nutrition habits.
The key is to commit to even short periods of exercise where you can and schedule it. Just saying that “I’m going to try to go to the gym tomorrow is not enough!” You must put in a finite time and make it a priority everything else. Now you may not get there quite as often but it’s better than missing consistently.
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