As we approach the holiday season, it’s important for us to maintain our health so that we can visit friends and relatives without that dreaded cough or cold. That means putting yourself first and making daily exercise and healthy eating a priory now. I’m all for having indulgences on occasion, like apple or pumpkin pie, but then it’s important to burn off those calories because they will catch up with you.
Each year the average person gains a few pounds over the holiday season. Let’s make sure that we don’t this season by doing a few simple things:
- Exercise a little bit longer and a little more intense every day starting today. Extend your typical workout a few minutes and add a bit more punch to your fitness moves.
- Eliminate fatty foods that have no nutritional value, like white bread, sweets, cupcakes, cookies, sodas, etc.… You’re less likely to feel guilty after a little more indulgence on Thanksgiving.
- Spend four minutes in meditation, or quiet contemplation every day. Relaxing your body and your mind will lower your blood pressure and allow you to get through the hectic holidays more peacefully. It will create balance and help with that feeling of being overwhelmed we sometimes experience during this time of year.
- Try something new. Step out of your comfort zone; engage your muscles doing something you normally don’t, like riding a bike, dancing or kickboxing. You just might like it!
Every year on Thanksgiving morning I teach a Zumba® fitness class. It’s one of the most-attended classes of the year because people want one more chance to burn calories before they indulge. If you’re near Jackson, Michigan on Thanksgiving morning, please come to the Zumba class at the YMCA I’m teaching with a few other instructors. I’ll sign a few copies of my new bestselling book, “4 Minutes a Day, Rock ’n Roll Your Way to HAPPY”. And the best part is that the proceeds go to charity! Remember to be a little selfish — make your health a priority so that you can be happier and healthier this holiday season.
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