This is my last post of the year and I just want to wish you a wonderful holiday season, no matter how you celebrate. This photo was my attempt at a selfie from our line dance party this past Monday. Trying to fit 30 people into the picture was quite challenging. Seven of our regular dancers had to miss the party due to illness which is common at this time of year and reminds me just how important it is to take care of ourselves this holiday season.

How do you plan to keep fit and healthy over the three week break when fitness classes are cancelled?

If you set a realistic goal to keep active, getting back to the gym in 2020 will be easier and you will experience less discomfort after your first workout.

Personally, I think it is easier to do something very small every single day so I plan to start my day with a 10-15 run/walk on my treadmill and then three days a week, I will add muscle conditioning and even more stretching to round it all off. Because I teach 12 to 15 fitness classes a week, dropping down to half of that, should keep me in relatively good shape.

I recommend that you take what you are doing now and ask yourself how you could cut it down in time and duration so that you can maintain your workout regime over the holidays. If you currently exercise every single day, maybe promise yourself that you will do at least three workouts, each week over the holiday period so that you don’t loose all of your hard earned fitness gains. If you keep them short, you’re more likely to stick to this plan.

A word about holiday eating and eating and more eating. I love cooking and eating and this is the best time of the year to indulge and enjoy but we just need to do this in moderation. But how do we do this when we’re attending several parties, where so many fattening, fun foods are being served?

A good tip to that helps me to avoid overeating is to make sure that I don’t arrive at a party famished. This way I don’t empty the bowl of chips or plate of cookies.

Have a healthy snack, maybe fruit and nuts before you leave the house and when you arrive at the event, look for the veggie platter and reach for those first before the mini quiches and puff pastry come out!

Take a smaller plate to fill and then tell yourself that you will not go back for seconds. Have a glass of bubbly but then refill your glass with water for the second or third refill.

I hope that you take some time to reflect on your progress this past year. I have seen some amazing transformations and your success stories keep me going.

Enjoy your time with family!

See you soon,

Beth