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Staying Healthy During the Holidays

Staying Healthy During the Holidays


Lately, I’ve been hearing a lot of anxiety about how the holidays can interrupt our workout routines. In her blog, a friend recently discussed how, for years, she used to engage in preemptive workouts to “make up” for the workouts she would miss due to travel or the extra calories she’d be eating at holiday celebrations. For quite a while, I used to do the same thing. I would make sure that my workouts were extra rigorous on holidays. And then I would starve myself all day until the holiday dinner. Another acquaintance proposed that, in order to avoid gaining weight during the holidays, it’s best to schedule a workout after a holiday meal to burn it off.

This year, however, I am approaching the holiday season with a different attitude. I run every day because I love it, and on typical days, I eat a healthy diet. Therefore, I know that I am maintaining a healthy lifestyle. If I allow myself to indulge at Thanksgiving and Christmas, and perhaps one or two additional holiday parties, that is not enough to derail me.

Rather than allowing guilt to hijack my holidays and “making up” for extra calories with additional workouts, I am going to allow myself to enjoy the holidays, secure in the knowledge that I will not gain weight, nor will I fall out of shape due to a few celebratory meals spread over two months. The key is maintaining a healthy lifestyle all year. This allows room for a little indulgence. Of course, this doesn’t give me free reign to constantly snack on those red and green M&M’s that seem to be ubiquitous in many offices this time of year. Or to replace the eight glasses of water I drink daily with egg nog. But a couple of holiday parties, along with family gatherings, simply won’t have a significant impact on my weight or health as long as I otherwise maintain the same healthy habits I exercise all year.

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Sarah Cooke

Sarah Cooke is a writer living in California. She is interested in organic food and green living. Sarah holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Naropa University, an M.A. in Humanities from NYU, and a B.A. in Political Science from Loyola Marymount University. She has written for a number of publications, and she studied Pastry Arts at the Institute for Culinary Education. Her interests include running, yoga, baking, and poetry. Read more on her blog.


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1:53PM PST on Dec 17, 2012

Thank you

12:44PM PST on Dec 6, 2012


10:58PM PST on Dec 1, 2012

Noted with Thanks

4:57AM PST on Nov 27, 2012


4:41PM PST on Nov 22, 2012

Thank you :)

12:07PM PST on Nov 18, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

4:29PM PST on Nov 7, 2012

Be kind to yourself- beating yourself up over a missed work out or overindulgence just makes you feel worse and likely to spiral out of control. Give yourself a pep-talk instead- "I don't have time for a long run- but let's jog around the block" or, "I'll eat one of those brownies that I am craving, but then I'll lay off the eggnog"- or whatever might work for you....

12:18PM PST on Nov 7, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

7:03AM PDT on Oct 27, 2012

good to run this article again as we head into the holiday season. Need to remember to indulge in moderation, and maintain exercise routines

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