You’ve almost made it through the entire holiday season-only one month to go. How are you feeling about your health and fitness goals at this point? October 31st – January 2nd are the danger zones in the fitness industry. It’s when we start to see our clients slipping on their year-long trek toward health and fitness. Is it surprising? No. But, I want to make sure that the times you are choosing to skip the workout are only setbacks on their journey.
While many will find it difficult to stick completely to your health and fitness plan through the end of the year, there are some ways I would like to share with you to maintain and not gain during December. The first thing I want you to know is that health and fitness is not a short-term goal; rather a long term, lifetime one. That said, even if you are doing a minimal amount of exercise, you should do your best not to stop altogether. You don’t want to undo everything you have worked for all year.
Enlist a friend, co-worker, spouse or other family member to become your accountability buddy. If you’re feeling particularly weak, give them a shout and they can keep you on track – encourage you to make a healthy choice in food or to meet them at the studio for class. If you know that someone is counting on you to do the same, it makes it easier for both of you to stay on your journey together.
Keep track of what you’re eating by joining our private group in the app “Meallogger” or keeping another type of food journal. If you chronicle what you are eating, you are less likely to “cheat” on your nutrition plan. It keeps you accountable to yourself – there’s that word again! And studies have found that tracking your meals improves your success by 30%.
You can also keep track of your measurements at the beginning and throughout the month. If you know where you started, you’ll be able to stay on track (maintain and not gain) in December. That’s our ultimate goal…getting through the holidays without a major setback on our path to health and fitness.
As you go through this last month of the year, please know that Tafiq’s Physiques here to help you with any questions you may have about fitness and nutrition. I want you to succeed on your journey and I want to help.