Monday, November 29, 2010
Holy moley, the holidays have begun. I love this time of year. I love bundling up in warm coats and scarves; seeing the Christmas trees for sale, lining the streets of New York City; the holiday menu at Starbucks, with drinks like Gingerbread Lattes and Peppermint Mochas to warm your belly; enjoying the crispness in the air that leaves your cheeks rosy. It's a short, yet special, period between Thanksgiving and the New Year, and I feel a bit more giving and a bit more spirited. It's nice.
It's also the time of year where, if you're an avid health and fitness magazine reader like I am, you get bombarded with tips on "surviving" the holidays, like it's some sort of hardship that we all need to slog through every year. Yes, more calories tend to be consumed during the holidays. Thanksgiving kicks off the gluttony, and it continues from holiday party to holiday party, and people tend to put on some weight as a result. The good news, though, is that according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the average American gains only about 1 pound between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day. The bad news, is that this 1 pound is never lost, which could contribute to weight gain over the course of one's lifetime. Luckily, since fitness and health rank high on your list of priorities , you won't let that 1 pound stick with you, right? Anyway...
What I would like to do is reverse this propaganda of guilt that readers might feel during this magical time of year. I'm not advocating that you abandon all your fitness goals and healthy ways of living, but rather to enjoy without worry like I have tended to do over the years. Define what your wellness is and don't let anyone else dictate that. Maybe that's enjoying a holiday party without feeling guilty for indulging. Or maybe it's hitting the gym/bike trail/running trail/fitness class daily, so that you can feel strong and fit to get through the longer days spent party hopping/holiday shopping/family enduring. Whatever it is, enjoy it, will ya? It only comes once a year!
To help you, I've decided to offer two holiday-themed tips a day on this blog. One will include a fitness tip and the other will include a healthy indulgence so that your personal wellness can be met, whatever that may be. For now, get outside to enjoy the early winter weather, rosy up those cheeks, stay healthy and motivated and Be Well.