We all know we need to do it. But American Thanksgiving is Thursday.
Exercise and the Holidays
Okay, first of all, take a big, deep, breath. We all know what’s going to happen: we’ll see all the rich foods that we don’t normally indulge in, and our brains will dribble out our ears. An hour, maybe two, later, we’ve eaten enough calories to last us through hibernation.
It doesn’t have to be like that.
Mindfulness goes a long way toward helping us follow new habits. There are tricks: drink a glass of water before sitting down to indulge. Use a smaller plate. Plan out ahead of time what you’re going to have. Have a little of your red light food as a treat. Know what your read light food is (mine is mashed potatoes – I swear, I could just sit down with the serving bowl and a spoon and be all good). Don’t sit down with the serving bowl. No, seriously: put the food on a buffet, counter, another table, anywhere but right in front of you where it will talk to you and tell you sweet lies.
Even if you get there and forget all that, and become a giant gomming machine, do not despair.
That’s what exercise is for.
Here’s a few thoughts about how to exercise during the holidays:
- Accept that if you have lots of family around, you’re probably not going to get to the gym.
- If you have a pedometer or FitBit, wear it. The mental reminder to move more will help you. Dancing in the kitchen while doing dishes or stirring a pot does help.
- Ask your family members to go for a walk. Wander around your neighborhood and see who’s got their Christmas lights up.
- If you celebrate, put Christmas lights up. That’s surprisingly good exercise.
- If it doesn’t snow buckets, rake some leaves with the kids and let them jump in the piles. “But that makes a mess of the leaves, Noony!” Uh, yeah; then you can rake them again. Sisyphus mean anything to you? Use that bad boy to your advantage, people!!
- If you go out for Black Friday, park waaaaay out in the north forty and walk to the mall. Then, walk the mall before shopping, then wander the shops. The more you can walk, the more exercise you get.
And even if you get there and forget all that, and become giant potato eating fool, do not despair.
The gym will still be there on Monday when reality sets in. ~pet pet~
Now go out there and make me proud. I’ll be the one in the corner with the mashed potatoes.
No, you can’t have a spoon. Gitcher own. (And if you walk to the grocery store, lookit! More steps!)
– E.E. Cummings
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