It is no secret that the holidays are filled with delicious food, fun parties, and altered schedules, all of which can make maintaining your weight difficult. Many New Year’s resolutions include beginning a healthier lifestyle, getting in shape or losing weight. If you know that these things will be included in your resolutions for 2018, why wait? Why not get a jump start on a healthier and happier you? Here are some tips for finishing 2017 strong!
No Excuses Workout Plan – While this may seems a bit harsh, you must remember that you are your own key to success when it comes to a healthy life. If you promise yourself that you will exercise, no matter what, you need to hold yourself to that standard. Whether you are simply going on a walk every day, or attending a fitness class three days a week, stick to your goals. If you will be traveling, do the research to find a gym wherever you will be. If you can’t find a gym, you can always go for a walk or find an at home workout. You can do this!
Portions are Key – Don’t be too harsh on yourself, the holidays should be a time for celebration! With that being said, if you are going to allow yourself to indulge in sweets, be mindful of your portions. If you eat a couple cookies, don’t stress! A great tool to offset the sweets is a little extra exercise!
Plan Ahead – If you know that you are attending an evening event, the chances are high that rich foods and beverages are in your future. You can plan ahead, have a lighter breakfast and lunch, which will both help prevent you from overeating, while also allowing some extra calories to be allocated for your evening events.
Find a Friend – Diet and exercise, especially during the holidays, is difficult. Find a friend who has similar health goals as you and work together. Planning to take walks, attend a workout class, meal prep, or simply chat about your successes each day. This friend can act as both accountability and praise during your quest for a healthier you!
Please visit any of our six UNI locations if you would like to speak to someone about your weight loss goals or for an annual physical. No appointment needed, walk-in, get evaluated, and begin your journey to a happier and healthier you!
This information is not a substitute for medical advice nor is it intended as such. If you have questions about your health please contact your primary care physician, our office, or 911 in case of an emergency.