Fit for the Holidays?


Here in Ann Arbor, about 20 of our clients are participating in a little challenge we call “Fit for the Holidays 2009”.  The whole idea behind this challenge is to keep people on track with eating and exercise during the holidays.  The participating clients paid a small fee to join.  They all weighed in the first full week of December and will weigh out the first full week of January.  The clients who maintain or lose weight get their money back and the one who loses the most weight gets a free session with his/her trainer.  The clients who gain weight, lose their money and it is split among those who maintained or lost. 

Some tips and ideas were given to them in a booklet form.  I’d like to share those with you!

How to Stay Motivated During the Holidays

The holidays are approaching, how do you stay motivated to exercise and eat right during this season?  You don’t need to give up everything, but making the right choices is important to keeping your fitness level.

1. Try to get plenty of rest.  You may be invited to a party every night, but that doesn’t mean you have to go.  Leave some time for you, learn to say no.  Only go to the important parties.

2. Try to stick to your fitness plan.  If you run three times a week, try to stick to this.  During the busy season this is really hard, or if you’re traveling, you might not always have the time.  But when you do, you need to really get out there and exercise.

3. Find exercise in smaller ways.  Take the stairs, walk, park further away from things.  Ask your family and friends to go with you for after dinner walks.

4. Remember that you have been strong and motivated all year, now is not the time to break down.  Try to keep your eating choices healthy, try not to over eat and make time for exercise.  Also remember to get back on your fitness program once the holidays are over.

Holiday Eating Tips

1. Don’t go to a party hungry: We often eat faster and more when we are hungry.  Therefore, eat a wholesome breakfast and lunch on the day to avoid overeating at the party.

2. Watch your portion:  Treat yourself to a nice drink, dessert, chocolate or sweets without guilt, but always watch your portion.  Go for small portions.  This way you can sample all the different foods.  Moderation is always the key.

3. Make a conscious choice to limit high fat items:  High fat food items can be found in fried food, cream-based soup, cheese-filled casseroles, pies, processed meats and some pastries and baked goods.

4. Drink plenty of water: Alcohol and coffee can dehydrate your body

*Article for holiday eating tips was found on


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