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How to Approach the Holidays: Avoid Annual Weight Gain, Stress and Anxiety

From Halloween through New Year’s Day the average person traditionally puts on weight. The end of the year can be a social time: holiday parties, candy buckets, office junk food and extra get togethers. If you start to push the envelope this month and proceed to green-light every cocktail, calorie rich meal and dessert and skip workouts due to holiday commitments you can gain an average of 3.3 pounds over the next couple of months.

Year-end is the perfect time to think about how you want to approach the new year. Setting goals is a healthy activity this time of year but make sure you don’t derail your progress by forgetting about all the work you put in so far.

Make Time for Yourself:

-Schedule your workouts from now through year end to keep you on track. A recent study showed that people tend to be more diligent about getting their workouts in if they schedule them in their calendar.

Manage Stress:

-The holiday season can bring about anxiety and stress. Stay organized by making lists to keep you on track with holiday shopping, decorating and seeing family and friends. Make time for you by prioritizing workouts, food journaling and making time for meditation and mindfulness.

It’s Okay to say "No":

-If you find your inbox full of holiday get together invitations and are feeling overwhelmed make a priority list. It’s ok to skip a get together if you can’t find time to fit it in. Remember your priorities this season. When you receive an invitation to an event decide if it’s a “heck yes” or “no” and move on.

Set Yourself Up for Success:

-There’s nothing worse than waking up on January 1 and realizing you forgot about yourself all season. Keep your 2019 goals top of mind and start to think about how you want to approach 2020.

If you do have a few setbacks don’t be so hard on yourself. Relax, take a deep breath, and tell yourself that tomorrow you will get back to your regularly scheduled program. Commit to yourself; after all you are your biggest fan!

Our team at Fitness 120 is here all season long to support you and your health and fitness goals. Contact us to see how we can help!

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