Written By: Guest Contributor Trish Kozlak // Trish is a marathon extraordinaire and avid traveler who works for Target HQ. She currently resides in Minnesota.
I’m super, super excited to be sharing a few holiday health tips with The Hobbyist Life community. I love the holiday season, everything about it — the parties, the food, the decorations, the family gatherings, the style, the champagne. However, I personally have found it difficult to manage the combination of excitement and stress the holidays bring. Although you may feel pressure to attend every party and lend a helping hand whenever possible, be sure to take care of yourself. By taking care of yourself, you will show up to others as the best version of yourself. There’s no right or wrong routine, but rather it’s a lifestyle you create. Below are my top 7 tips for making the most of the holiday season while maintaining overall health and fitness.
Own your calendar: Review your calendar a week in advance and slot your workouts. Perhaps you have a busy morning one day, so schedule an evening workout. If you have a holiday happy hour, be sure to schedule a morning sweat sesh. I suggest locking down 4 days a week to get your endorphin release in. Mark your calendar and then commit.
Share it: Tell people your plan; it will hold you accountable. Whether it’s in small talk with a friend in passing or a text message to your mom or a post on social media. Sharing your plan will make you commit since it’s highly likely someone will ask how your workout was. If you tell someone you’re doing something, you better keep your word!
Grab a buddy: Working out with a friend not only pushes you harder, but also holds you accountable. You already have your go-to workout buddy, great! If not, make conversation at the gym. The conversation may lead to committing to the next day’s workout. If your workout is your “me time” that’s cool too — embrace it and make sure you reserve 4 days a week to to just be with yourself.
DIY: When it comes to meals, do it yourself. It’s much easier to manage what’s going into your buddy if you make it. A bit of upfront commitment is needed to pack a lunch or load up on healthy desk snacks, but the satisfaction of healthy eats will leave you smiling. Apples, greek yogurt, healthy nuts, carrots and hummus are all easy options.
Hydrate: Water, water, water all day long. Get yourself a beautiful water bottle and make it your sidekick (I have a lovely golden Swell bottle). If you can’t get yourself to down nearly 10 glasses of water a day there are options for you — add fresh fruit, try sparkling water, make tea.
Adapt: Plans will change. The calendar you thought you owned will fall through. You’ll tell someone you were going to workout and you didn’t. Christmas cookies turned into your lunch. THAT’S OKAY. Don’t let it get to you. Shake it off and enjoy the moment. You will be ready to get back on track the following day. Don’t forget you can always make simple changes to provide a health benefit — walk instead of drive, stairs instead of elevator, veggies instead of the bowl of M&Ms.
Have Fun: Remember this isn’t supposed to be work; it is a lifestyle and a few simple tips to help make you the best version of yourself. The holidays often bring stress and a boatload of emotions, so it’s important to carve out time for yourself to let loose and simply enjoy.
I’m rooting for you all — we are in this together. Here’s to the best holiday season yet!