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Health and Fitness Column: Thriving through the holiday hustle, staying fit and festive

Melissa Vogel is a fitness expert with more than 20 years of experience in the health and wellness industry. Photo provided by Melissa Vogel.

By Melissa Vogel  
Health and Fitness Columnist, Canyon Lake Insider 

The festive cheer is upon us, but that doesn’t mean your fitness goals need to take a backseat until the new year. Let’s discuss how to keep the motivation alive, stay inspired, and make choices that align with your health and well-being during this joyful, yet challenging, time.

Embracing the holiday spirit without sacrificing fitness goals:
The holidays bring a wave of celebrations, tempting treats, and perhaps a few extra glasses of holiday cheer. It’s easy to succumb to the notion that fitness can wait until January, but why wait when you can thrive now? Let’s explore ways to stay motivated and inspired to keep working out, hitting the gym, and making nutritious choices.

  1. Set realistic goals: Amidst the festive frenzy, it’s crucial to set achievable fitness goals. Whether it’s maintaining your current routine or incorporating short, effective workouts, realistic goals ensure you stay on track without feeling overwhelmed.
  2. Find joy in movement: Instead of viewing exercise as a chore, consider it a gift to yourself. Whether it’s a brisk winter walk, a festive dance session, or a heart-pumping gym workout, find joy in movement that resonates with the holiday spirit.
  3. Plan festive workouts: Inject holiday cheer into your fitness routine. Join themed workout classes, embark on a seasonal hike, or create your own winter wonderland workout playlist. Making fitness fun helps to combat the temptation to skip workouts.

Balancing the festivities:
Now, let’s address the elephant in the room—those extra holiday indulgences. While it’s perfectly okay to enjoy the festive spread, moderation is key. Here’s a gentle reminder about the dangers of excessive alcohol consumption and a guide on having a good time with balance.

  1. Set limits with libations: Enjoy the holiday spirits responsibly by setting limits on alcohol consumption. Opt for lower-calorie drink options and stay hydrated. This ensures you can savor the festivities without compromising your health.
  2. Nourish your body: Balance the indulgences with nutritious choices. Prioritize whole, nutrient-rich foods to fuel your body amidst the holiday treats. A well-nourished body is better equipped to handle the festivities and maintain your energy levels.
  3. Choose quality over quantity: When it comes to holiday treats, opt for quality over quantity. Rather than mindlessly snacking on every treat in sight, savor a few indulgences mindfully. This approach not only satisfies your cravings but also promotes a healthier relationship with food.

Let’s make this holiday season a time of thriving, not just surviving. By staying motivated, making mindful choices, and finding joy in the festivities without excess, you can revel in the holiday spirit while keeping your fitness goals intact.

Wishing you a season of joy, health, and fitness.

Melissa Vogel is a fitness expert with more than 20 years of experience in the health and wellness industry. She is a fitness trainer, host of the Bomb Mom Podcast, keynote speaker, model, actress, a second-degree black belt in Taekwondo, and mother of three daughters. For more information, visit www.melissavogelfitness.com.

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