Many of us struggle to maintain a healthy lifestyle with balancing work and social obligations that clutter our calendar at this time every year. It’s easy to throw your hands up in the air and say, “I’ll get back to healthy eating and working out after New Year’s Day.” But do you really want to take two steps back after working so hard to get to where you are today?
WebMD’s article “Your Holiday Fitness Program” offers some interesting options for this time of the year. The key is to be flexible and creative with your fitness program. Our favorite suggestions include:
(1) Combine exercising with family commitments. We suggest expanding this suggestion to include commitments with friends. Instead of scheduling lunch or dinner, consider going to a holiday exhibit where you will be walking.
(2) Plan a beach getaway for January or February. This trip will keep you motivated and curb your appetite during all those festive holiday dinners and parties.
(3) Walk. A very simple suggestion that is easy to implement. Walk up stairs in lieu of taking the elevator. Park far away and walk to your destination. (Please note, walking to the holiday buffet does not count.)
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Niv Persaud, CFP®, CDFA™, CRPC®, is the Founder of Transition Planning & Guidance, LLC. Her firm bridges the gap between financial planning and coaching. As a Transition Consultant, she offers sage advice in all aspects of life – financial, personal and professional. Niv does not manage money and does not sell financial products. Her services include spending plan development, divorce financial review, life strategy and professional progression. Niv actively gives back to her community through her volunteer efforts. She believes in living life to the fullest by cherishing friendships, enjoying the beauty of nature and laughing often — even at herself. Her favorite quote is by Erma Bombeck, “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say ‘I used everything you gave me’.”