The Post-Holiday Anti-Guilt Trip: Putting Health & Fitness Back into Your Routine

First day back to the grind after a two-week vacation for the holidays. Two amazing weeks full of holiday parties, festive dinners, fancy cocktails, sleeping in, and the obligatory Netflix binge (#FriendsOnNetflix, anyone?).

During the holiday break, I had one goal in mind: RELAX! Occasionally, amid the hazy blur of movies and naps and indulgent deliciousness, a voice in the back of my mind would creep up and tell me to “get up!” and “do something productive!” But I kept the goal in mind. Sometimes, a break from the constant routine and the standards of normal daily life is exactly what you need to recharge your batteries, satisfy your guilty pleasures, and refresh yourself to begin anew with a reaffirmed sense of motivation and purpose. So if you overdid it over the holidays, accomplished nothing, ate and drank way too much, and barely moved enough to register 1 progress dot on the brand new fitbit you got for Christmas, then good for you! I hope you thoroughly enjoyed it  and that it was everything you ever dreamed it would be. Don’t waste one minute feeling guilty for those two weeks. However you indulged was just what you needed. Think of it as two weeks of feeding your soul and rejuvenating your spirit. And now, your rejuvenated spirit is in tip-top shape, ready to look ahead and get back into it.

That first day back to the real world can be a rude awakening. It can feel like starting from scratch. Just remember to take it one day at a time, and focus on these 3 simple tips for incorporating health & fitness back into your daily routine:

  1. Make it fun

    If you want to make health and fitness part of your lifestyle, make it something you enjoy! Schedule a workout date with a friend, plan something outdoors, challenge a buddy to healthy dinner cook-off. You’re more likely to stick with it if you have fun while you’re doing it.

  2. Be consistent

    Whatever your goals are, be consistent in the healthy choices you make. 1 healthy day doesn’t counter 6 unhealthy days.Think about your activity and nutrition as you go about your day, and consistently make good choices. Take the stairs, choose water over soda, hit the gym more often than not. Consistently making healthier choices will add up to a healthier life overall. Slip-ups and holiday breaks will happen, and that’s ok. Just make them the exception, not the rule. 

  3. Stick with it

    Most New Year’s resolutions last through mid-February. Don’t think of your health as a resolution! It’s a lifestyle – it comes from the choices you make every day over the long term. Once you get used to consistently making healthier choices, it’s easy to stick with it. Just hang in there – it’s totally worth it!

The holidays are a magical time of year! Don’t get held up on the bad choices you may have made during a time meant for gratitude and family. Guilt has no place in healthy, happy life. Instead, drink up every decadent moment and indulgent memory, be thankful for the reprieve, and dive back in to life, fully recharged and ready to take on the New Year.

Cheers to happy and healthy 2015!

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