You MUST Do This If You Don’t Want to Fail at Keeping Healthy This Holiday Season
By Erik Strouse, VIDA Fitness Trainer
VIDA Fitness members, it’s that time of year again! EATING SEASON… Er, I mean The Holiday Season! Let’s deal with reality here, and know that even though this is dubbed the Holiday Season, it really means tons of eating. And, well, sugar is the number one ingredient in everything delicious starting in October and ending in January. Sugar not only leads to weight gain, but it is also leads to many, many serious and long term health issues such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and… laziness. Inactivity! Lethargy! Oh my!
Here’s the deal, we all know we shouldn’t eat certain foods, and we all know we exercise is great for us. That’s why you’re members here at VIDA Fitness. Most of us try to do the right thing by controlling our food intake and heading to that VIDA Body, Power Yoga, or Cycle class. But where we often fail when trying to maintain these habits is how we go about telling ourselves to do it! That’s right! The way you tell yourself to control that food intake or head to your local VIDA can make or break your success.
Lets look at food intake first. By a show of hands, who can say that they’ve told themselves that they can’t have that holiday deliciousness at some point during the holidays? YOU. ME. EVERYONE! We often tell ourselves that “we can’t have that deliciousness” or that “we are not allowed to have that deliciousness because we are on a diet”. This is incredibly negative, and is posturing you against yourself. What I mean is you are telling yourself, with force, that you cannot do something that you actually have the desire to do. We all know how that works, because as kids, we all did something we were told not to do! Or, we resented the messenger. This is negative reinforcement of something that is supposed to be positive. Try this instead: tell yourself “I don’t need that deliciousness today.” Ultimately, you do not. Your body does not need the empty calories, nor does it contribute to your ultimate goal.
What about working out. Again, we all know that it’s great for us to do daily, especially this time of year when the guilty pleasures are brandished in front of us like we won’t see food again for an eternity. When you are headed to the gym, you might find yourself saying things like “I have to go to the gym today,” or “Ugh, all that food is making this workout necessary!” It is fact that working out is great for us, so why should we make it a necessity dictated by something negative? Try saying this to keep it nothing but positive: “I really want to go to the gym today,” or “I can’t wait to go to VIDA Rx!” Take control of that desire because you really want to.
At the end of the day, the more you positively spin some of these behaviors, the more they will become an enjoyable experience for you. The more you enjoy eating well and working out, the more you will adhere to them over your lifetime. Seriously, the next time you reach for that extra cookie, say out loud “I don’t need this,” and know that this statement is a valid fact! And the next time you go to workout with your trainer or to take a VIDA Fitness class, say out loud, “I can’t wait to workout today!” Positively spin your life habits. You and your body won’t regret it, and it will ultimately become lifelong over the course of your longer, more active life.