Wow, 3 weeks ’til Christmas. Gee it comes around fast, Christmas is by far my favourite time of year. I love this time with my crazy family and I cherish these times, but I also enjoy how the weather is warmer and people are out enjoying the fun times that this time of year brings. The festive season is certainly fun, but it comes at a cost to your health. I just read a research article which explains that the average person will put on 1.5kg in the month of December but only 20% of these people will lose this weight once the festive season is over. This is a pretty confronting thought, now 1.5kgs isn’t very much but if you have been doing this every year for the last 10 years you are now 15kgs heavier and a whole lot unhealthier. What are you going to do to ensure that you are not the majority of people in this statistic this year?
I want you to have fun, I want you to celebrate, food is an important part of celebrating in our culture. But I want to encourage you to remember to pick your celebration times, and do not let celebrating affect your routine, in that you stop your exercise.
Life is meant to be lived, but life is meant to be lived healthy. One of my favourite sayings/lessons in life is ‘you reap what you sow’. Now I am telling you to enjoy this period, enjoy the fellowship and camaraderie that this season brings. But keep sowing consistency and routine in your life and into your health. According to the ABS 70% of Australians are officially considered sedentary. That means that two thirds of people do not do the minimum amount of activities each day. Can I encourage you to enjoy the festive season but also encourage you to keep your daily activities consistent? Take your dog for a walk, go for a run, do your home exercise program or keep your regular appointments at your Optimum studios.
Have fun, keep healthy and enjoy Christmas. You deserve it, we have all worked hard this year. And remember the reason for the season. Merry Christmas!!!