Everyone is busy this time of the year. It seems to be the time when many people find themselves extremely active, but not in the form of exercise. Between the shopping, festivities, work and day to day responsibilities… it’s no wonder the holidays tend to be very stressful for many people.
It’s that time of the year when I’ve noticed that many people let go of themselves. They drop their workout programs and tend to drink too much and overeat, especially unhealthy foods.
If you are part of the working class in many cases this becomes a very hectic time. For example if you are in retail you will most likely find yourself working many extra hours; and if you are in a different corporate environment this may be the last quarter of the year when you need to bring in the numbers, close deals and make rain.
You have to make time for yourself and I understand that sometimes it can be hard to do. However, if you work at it, it can be done. There are many different ways to incorporate fitness and healthy eating into your lifestyle. No two people are alike so this is something that you have to figure out, since you want to work toward what works best for you.
The key to accomplish this: Planning. Take time one day of the week for an hour or two and map out your weekly schedule. This will allow you to figure out proper eating schedule, places to go for lunch and dinner. Make it a priority to have breakfast every day. And make sure to drink plenty of water.
If you know you will be attending a social event, regardless if it’s corporate or just hanging out with family and friends; make sure to eat healthy and lean during the day and avoid drinking alcohol during the previous days or week. This way you won’t feel guilty for having a drink or indulging a bit, but more importantly it won’t create a dent in your fitness program.
Planning will also allow you to find out what days work best for you to exercise. You don’t need to do so for hours. What you need are short and effective workouts that will help control stress, boost energy levels and help make you more productive, stronger, leaner and sexier as you go.
In my case when I travel or when my schedule is packed with many clients I always make sure to modify my workouts and squeeze in a 20 minute workout; anything from resistant training using bands or kettlebells, my own weight or quick run, make up for a great workout.
Quick Tip: Try working out early in the morning. The reason I suggest early morning is that, it will be already taken care of, you got it out of the way and made sure nothing that comes up during the way will prevent you from doing it. You will also feel more energized through the day, you noticed that you make better food choices, you will be more focused and alert – especially helpful when dealing with clients.
However you might find that you actually need to fit in your workouts late at night, when you get back home or to your hotel room or place of stay. Just make the commitment to yourself, to be better, to stay active and to exercise no matter what.
Whatever works just do it, no excuses!
Remember - good health and great business are always excellent partners!