Oh, Thanksgiving! It’s a great holiday, full of get-togethers with family and friends. It’s a much-needed four-day vacation and slow down period for many people. Tables are laden with food as folks make their favorites dishes, including tempting pies and cakes.
And there’s the rub. Thanksgiving can be a rough, rough, rough time for those who want to keep up with fitness during the holidays.
First, if you’re trying to emphasize fitness during the holidays, try telling it to Aunt Ethel when she rolls out the sweet potato-and-marshmallow dish everyone raves about. At Thanksgiving, even the vegetable dishes are high in calories and full of fats and sugars. Yes, you can stick to turkey and broccoli. But that kind of commitment to fitness during the holidays can be tough on a day dedicated to eating well and stuffing your face. Plus, it sets you up to feel deprived afterward.
Second, if you need to lose some pounds, you can be in your own private Nightmare on Elm Street during Thanksgiving. Instead of a madman stalking you, it’s well-meaning relatives and advertisements endlessly putting high-calorie foods in front of you, from pumpkin pie to chocolate. Plus, Thanksgiving is the kick-off to more holiday candy and treats.
Third, the Thanksgiving weekend is not particularly conducive to keeping up your exercise routines. People get really busy over the holidays. Gyms often cut their hours down and traveling makes keeping up with the treadmill difficult. It’s so easy to throw one more log on the fire, pour another glass of wine and watch football rather than maintaining your exercise regimen.
You need mantras. You need health and fitness quotes to repeat to yourself when you don’t want to turn down a second helping of pie, or avoid the appetizer or put on your coat to hit the gym.
Here they are.
1. Don’t Overthink
“Just do it” – Nike
Keep to your regimen of moderate eating and exercise over the Thanksgiving holiday. Repeat this every time the thought, “but I don’t want to get up to exercise” or “but just this once a Snickers pie wouldn’t be so bad” occurs to you.
2. Don’t Fail
“Success is usually the culmination of controlling failure” – Sylvester Stallone
In his later movies, Rocky got wise. This is an example. All you have to do not to fall off the portion control or exercise wagon is just don’t fail. Got it?
3. Wishin’ and Hopin’ Just Won’t Do
“Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen” – Michael Jordan
If you long for a buff bod come Spring or are trying to lose weight, you probably have done a lot of wishing and hoping. The only solution is to make it happen. The only way to make it happen is to do it one step at a time. Overeating and not exercising will not make what you want happen. The thing is, controlling your eating and exercising, as part of your health and fitness goals, will make it happen.
4. Keep Going
“You have to push past your perceived limits, push past that point you thought was as far as you can go” – Drew Brees
This one, from a professional football player, is especially helpful for keeping fit. We’re not saying exhaust yourself with an eight-mile run on Thanksgiving morning when you usually do five. But we are saying don’t give in to the voice saying not today, or not right now.
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5. You Have to Put Stuff in to Get Stuff Out
“Your health account, your bank account, they’re the same thing. The more you put in, the more you can take out. Exercise is king and nutrition is queen. Together you have a kingdom” – Jack LaLanne
In your grandparent’s day, Jack LaLanne was probably the best-known health and fitness guru in the United States. His advice is still very relevant today.
6. Don’t Overdo It
“It is better to make many small steps in the right direction than to make a great leap forward only to stumble backward” – Traditional Saying
The problem with pigging out over Thanksgiving is that people often try to correct their holiday eating and merry-making in the new year. They then go on a diet and exercise plan starting January 1. These are notorious for failing. Why? Because people overdo their diet and exercise plans just like they overdid their eating. Plus, exercising and eating in moderation isn’t a habit. It has to become a daily habit in small doses, not huge steps.
7. Your Body Is All You Have to Get Around With
“A man too busy to take care of his health is like a mechanic too busy to take care of his tools”- Anonymous
Your body locomotes you. You can’t breathe without it. Or see. So you need to take care of it.
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