The last quarter of the year is a challenge for most of us. Sure, a few motivated souls exist and refuse to break. They pass on parties, seconds and leftovers. But for the rest of us less motivated, a shift in perspective just may be in order. A revamped attitude and the ability to set a few boundaries go a long way to limiting the amount of self-imposed health damage. While some may seem too easy to be effective, these are often the things that can make the most difference.
Sleep and stay rested throughout the holidays. When rested, we are much more equipped to deal and manage stress -- a trigger like none other when it comes to overeating and overdrinking.
Schedule at least 30 minutes to be active. It may not be your regular workout or have the intensity you are used to, but it is vital. Take a walk, do some pushups and lunges, play with the kids or grandkids. Bodies in motion tend to stay in motion and this will ultimately help you when you are ready to jump aboard the resolution train in January.
Just say yes to those who offer assistance. No need to be a martyr. Relinquish some responsibility and get involved with other like-minded souls.
Traditions can be very burdensome so remember that phasing out or changing things up won't compromise your holiday. Be creative and reframe yours, and this may enhance your celebrations and help them fit into your healthier lifestyle.
Just say no to some of the obligatory parties and celebrations. You don't have to make it to every event. This goes back to getting enough rest. You really can't enjoy the holidays if you are always exhausted.
It's never too late to apply the brakes. Just because you've gotten off course, doesn't mean you can't jump right back on. Digging the hole deeper that you must climb out of in the new year isn't the best idea. You can make positive strides starting today. After you've said no to your children's leftover treats, you may also want to say no to heaping portions and yes to some physical activity and restful sleep. This is your chance to get a head start on the health you'll be searching for when you ring in the new year.
Cindy Boggs, wellness presenter and author, is an ACE-certified instructor/trainer. Send your questions about fitness, training or health to cindys...@aol.com. Look for her award-winning fitness advice book, "CindySays ... You Can Find Health in Your Hectic World" on her website, www.cindysays.com.