Here at Flair Fitness Darien, the emphasis is on feeling good and improving your fitness level in a fun, friendly boutique environment. We've heard several of our clients talk about how they are struggling to find the time to workout during this cocktail and cookie season. But that's exactly why they should, and so should YOU. We talked to our trainers and instructors and did a little research, to put together some helpful motivators to keep yourself towards the top of your Holiday To-Do list. Here goes:*Don't ditch your workouts. Getting in some exercise is one of the best ways to burn off tension, get time to yourself, and boost your energy and mood.
*Know the science of what you are up against. Tempting foods and beverages are everywhere this season. If you are eating more and not exercising as much, you may be feeling less fabulous than usual. In addition, holiday stress can trigger your body to release cortisol, the "cravings" hormone that makes you reach for comfort foods high in fat and sugar. The perfect antidotes? Call a friend and go for a brisk walk in the cold weather, book an early-morning, late-morning, or evening class at Flair.*Give yourself the gift of me time. It is possible to relax during this time of year. Taking a few deep breaths will help you enjoy this wondrous season more and is essential in maintaining your health and your sanity.
*Remember all your healthy habits. There's no need to throw all your good work out the window just because you love egg nog. We say, enjoy your egg nog, but factor it in to what you are consuming. Maybe cut out your end-of-the day dark chocolate reward and swap it for the egg nog? Or take a new class and challenge new muscles at Flair.
*Stick with your daily and weekly routine. Don't bail on your paddle match or your weekly indoor tennis clinic, unless it's for a really good reason like you have to take care of a sick child or you got last-minute tickets to see an amazing concert or play. If you are a grab-a- coffee and workout person, then keep on doing that.
*Feel free to say no to holiday responsibilities and events that just don't work for you. You don't need to say why you can't do something. We are all grownups. No means no.