How to Avoid the Slide into the Holiday Weight Gain

JFP_Slideshow_CFIL_StandUp2Cancer_20141123_1Schedule it, Baby!

It’s not rocket science. We all know that exercise is good for us and we should be doing it. Regularly. But I’m busy… but my kids… but I’m too tired… but my job…blah, blah, blah..

Lack of time is the most common excuse people give for skipping exercise. Between family and work, carpool and dishes, time can feel like the ultimate limited resource—and one you’re helpless to change, at that. It’s true, you can’t stop the clock from ticking any more than you can convince the car to go get its own oil change. But I’ll bet you make time to get that oil changed…

I’m not saying you are not the busiest person in the world, but I’m pretty sure if you added together all the minutes you are watching “Homeland”, playing words with friends and pinning stuff on Pinterest, you could find an hour a couple of times a week to fit in a WOD. Keep a log of how you spend your time and you might be surprised.

Is my house spotless? Do my children eat a home-cooked meal every night? Do I wake up refreshed every morning when my alarm goes off at 5am? No, but I have learned to compromise and let some things go.

Make working out a “must-keep” appointment. Set a schedule and stick to it. Don’t let a work project or a call from a long-lost friend or an extra hour of sleep convince you to skip your workout. And if 6 am is the only time you can possibly find an extra hour in your day, get your ass out of bed. I know it sucks, but you will feel sooooo great when you are done, and then you can go about the rest of your crazy day. And I PROMISE, it gets easier if you stick with it for awhile.

And, if all else fails, take 20 minutes to throw in some pushups, air squats, planks, lunges and sprints. Then, reset yourself and get back into the gym. Put your health first!

–Coach Rachel

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