If life isn’t hectic enough, now we’re going to add holiday chaos in the mix.
With everything going on, we can find a legitimate excuse not to exercise. But if we’re being honest, exercise can be the key to our sanity, not to mention waistline maintenance, when everything seems crazy and caloric.
So, in an effort to stay on track, I’m committing to my usual six days of at least one hour of exercise and a few diet guidelines.
Planning a workout schedule
The key to finding the time to exercise is actually scheduling the hour on my calendar. Of course, as a woman, I have to schedule an hour afterwards to get dressed, too.
For my workouts, I will lift weights with my trainer twice a week, teach spin twice a week, practice yoga once a week, box once a week. If you’re on a tight budget and can’t afford the trainer, I suggest:
Getting two friends to join in. This way, the workout is fun and you are financially motivated.
Put group fitness classes on your calendar.
Carve out an hour for a fitness DVD at home.
If you're working out on your own, check out my how-to videos and routines on my blog, MoreThanMary.com.
And here are a few of my favorite routines:
- Strengthening your lower back
- Toned Arms and Arse
- Bulk up those biceps boys
- Tighten Your Tummy
- How to do a berpie
- All-In-One Chest Exercise
It's unreasonable to go into a season of parties restricting ourselves from all of the sweet and savory treats that will be laid out before our hungry eyes. Starving yourself until the party is not the answer either. That's simply a quick way to throw off your metabolism.
My theory is that if I commit to a couple nutritious elements and include indulgences, then I'm more likely not to splurge on hors d'oeuvres and buffets.
For each day, I'll commit to this dietary checklist:
1 8-ounce fresh veggie juice a day ($3.99 at the grocery store)
1 protein shake a day
1 palm-sized dessert (can be anything or multiple sweets divided amongst lunch, snack and dinner)
No unnecessary bread
Now that we have a plan of attack, we can hit the parties with confidence and a healthy conscience!