December’s Healthy Lifestyles Newsletter

Tips For The Holidays Season

This Month’s Topics:

1) Nutrition – Holiday Parties: How To Avoid Eating Your Way Through Them
2) Fitness – How to Fit Exercise into the Holiday Season
3) Wellness – Will You Be Making a New Years Resolution?
4) News – The 2010 Body Conditioning by Dancers Schedule

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1) Nutrition – Holiday Parties: How To Avoid Eating Your Way Through Them

Prepare in Advance: If you know your family Christmas is filled with Turkey and Stuffing be sure to eat very healthy a few days in advance and pre decide that its going to be your Cheat Day. That being said, don’t starve yourself till dinner, treat the metabolism as you would every day to avoid overindulging.

Don’t Go Overboard: If your mom is the type who insists on seconds, take your time eating your first portion and then decide if you really are hungry for more – if you aren’t, stop eating, and save room for dessert.

Easy on the Cocktails: Enjoy one or too, but be sure to balance them out with the equivalent in water! This with help with over indulging and unnecessary caloric intake from those yummy alcoholic bevvies!

2) Fitness –  How to Fit Exercise into the Holiday Season

Its easy to come up with excuses why there’s no time to exercise – to avoid disappointment here are my tips to stay on track:

(1) Walking is an exercise that can go anywhere, from the mall to the snowy street – so get your shop on or bundle up, get outside and get that heart rate going.

(2) Organize your day the evening before. Prioritizing your tasks beforehand will help you find time to exercise.

(3) Plan a little at home workout session before going out. Even if you have only 15 minutes try these 4 exercises…

Cardio: Skipping rope, or jumping jacks
Legs: Standing Squats (feet parallel or 2nd position)
Arms: Pushups  (Center and elbow, elbow, hand, hand)
Core: Plank (Center and Side)

Potential Excuses and My Solutions for You:

Problem: But Eva, I have a Holiday Party in the evening, during my regular gym time?
Solution: Wake up an hour early to get your workout in, walk, or jog on your lunch break.

Problem: But Eva, I have family dinner and I said I’d bake the dessert?
Solution: Combine Exercise and Family Commitments! Offer to shovel the driveway when you arrive, (and the neighbors for Karma Points), go tobogganing at the park with the children before family dinner, bundle up and take a walk to look at the neighbors Christmas lights before dessert.

All I ask is that you try, even if you find yourself simply too bogged down to exercise at all during the holidays, just be sure to get back on track when the season is over!

3) Wellness – Will You Be Making a New Years Resolution?

Here are my tips on How to Make a New Years Resolution:

Choose a realistic, achievable long term objective
(example: “I want to run my first 10k race this year”)

(2) Write it down in the form of an affirmation
(example: “I am proud that I will be training for my first 10k race which I will run March 1st”)

(3) Break the long term objective down into short term goals
(example: “I will be running once a week in preparation for my March race”)

(4) Identify Obstacles that may stand in your way, and develop a plan of attack to get through them
(example: I tried last year and didn’t stick with it, this year I am choosing an accountability partner to run the race with me)

(5) Plan the Reward
(example: “I’ve booked a day at the spa the day after the race”)

Above all, aim for things that are truly important to you, and think year round, not just new years, if you can turn your fitness resolutions into lifestyles even better!

Will you be making a New Years Resolution?
Write it on my blog and I’ll help hold you accountable!

4) News –
The 2010 Body Conditioning by Dancers Schedule

Fitness New Years Resolution? Here’s the key to your resolution success!

Preview Week
January 6th, 7th 10th and 11th
(Preview class & BCBD New Years Challenge, more information available by request)

Session Dates
> SUNDAYS 12:10 pm – 1:25 pm

January 24th – March 14th

> MONDAYS 10:00 am – 11:15 am

January 25th – March 15th

> MONDAYS 8:05 pm – 9:20 pm
January 25th – March 15th

> WEDNESDAY 8:05 pm – 9:20 pm *at L3
January 27th – March 17th

> THURSDAYS 10:00 am – 11:15 am
January 21st – March 11th

> THURSDAYS 8:05 pm – 9:20 pm
January 21st – March 11th

Registration Opens December 15th!


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A little encouragement to live by in December:

If you have a goal in life that takes a lot of energy, that requires a lot of work, that incurs a great deal of interest and that is a challenge to you, you will always look forward to waking up to see what the new day brings.

If you like what you are reading or tried last months tips, then please take a minute and let me know…

Wishing you and your loved ones peace, health, happiness and prosperity this Holiday Season and in the coming New Year.

Be well,


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One Response to “December’s Healthy Lifestyles Newsletter”

  1. Rita Says:

    I love the the info on the caloric intake of cocktails. We dont realize how much water is necessary to balance out. Dehydration is not a good thing for the body and skin. LOVE IT !

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