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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Getting Back on Track!

I had a great question from one of my readers that I wanted to take a moment and answer.

Question- "I need a post on how to get back in the swing of working out after a holiday weekend with entirely tooooo much good eating!"

First of all thank you for the question! I think we can all agree that we encounter this issue probably one too many times each year. When the holidays are over we find ourselves reaching for bigger and looser clothing and lack the motivation to get back on track eating right and exercising. It can be a vicious cycle but we can break it!

Get moving. It may be the last thing you feel like doing, but getting the blood flowing is the perfect remedy for a food hangover. Think simple -- walking, light strength training, or yoga. Even a few minutes can boost your mood and your energy levels.
Drink water. That bloating you're experiencing could be due to an overload of salt, which can cause water retention. Many holiday favorites contain way more salt than the body needs, so drinking extra water can help you get rid of the extra bloat.
Eat lightly. After eating too much, you may be tempted to declare, "I'll never eat again!" You may also be amazed that you're actually hungry after all that eating. Starving yourself, however, isn't the answer. Nibble on light fare such as salad, soup, sandwiches and fruit to give your body nutrients without overloading it with calories.
Make a plan. One of the worst side effects of eating too much is the guilt that comes after. Guilt is sometimes inevitable, but you can use that feeling to motivate you into something better. Make a plan for the next few days for how you'll get back on track with your eating and exercise. Just the act of planning can make you feel better...just make sure you follow through.
Plan for the future. Last, take some time to think about the mistakes you made this season and what you can do to avoid those same mistakes in the future. Doing this can also help you make good choices more consistently so that overindulgence isn't a frequent problem.

Also as we enter the fall season enjoy this gorgeous weather and exercise outdoors. We will also begin to get back into a routine now that summer is behind us, so take some time to plan activity into your calendar.

1 comment:

  1. You are right, I started moving ( and I didn't want to ) and now I am enjoying it.


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