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Exercise Your Gift to You This Holiday Season

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If you’re already finding it hard to fit in healthy eating and exercise this time of year, it is time to remember to put you on your gift list. Yes, exercise and eating right is a true gift you can give yourself this time of year. I do not mean exercising by doing laps at the mall or leaping to get the last item on the sale rack. Bending down to pull cookies and pies out of the oven is also not a form of exercise.

What I do mean is truly nurturing the gift of you--body, mind and spirit. It may be hectic, but try not to absorb all of that “frenzied” energy and take time to enjoy what is important this time of year. Family, friends and your health should be top on your list. If you’re not taking care of you, then you will not be much fun for your family and friends.

As we approach the homestretch to the holidays, aim high for the days of the week you’re going to workout! That way if you miss one you will not feel guilty and fall off track. It concerns me that the fast pace of our lives leaves many open to ditching their workouts. Start by identifying which days will be best for you to fit in your longer workouts and go from there.

Buddy up with a friend for a workout, followed by some power shopping. You will keep each other on track. At work, eat lunch at your desk after an invigorating workout over your lunch break. Let everyone in your life, co-workers, friends and family know that despite the holidays, you are still committed to your goal. Having a strong support system is essential to help keep you on track. If you find someone is trying to sabotage your goal, approach them politely. Remember, you have the power to succeed.

Make a list and check it twice, making sure it includes exercise and eating right. Avoid sugary or carbohydrate laden foods, which will most likely get stored as fat. This is a recipe for disaster and can lead to high blood sugar levels and ultimately increased levels of insulin. Plan to go to bed early, so you’re refreshed this holiday season. Research has found that sleep deprivation can affect your body’s metabolism and hinder you getting results.

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