5 Ways To Get Results *BEFORE* The New Year

December 03, 2014

5 Ways To Get Results *BEFORE* The New Year

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95% of us are going into holiday mania mode right about now (if not 2 weeks ago).

Stressed to the max about gifts, all the extra parties, events, end of the year pressure at work, it can be overwhelming.

We usually just “check out” on the health and fitness front - Our workout routine falls off as we eat and drink whatever soothes, or numbs us the most, in excess.

An article from The New York Times say it’s not that much - maybe just 1-5lbs, but here’s the kicker - most people will carry that extra 1-5lbs for the rest of their life, never losing it, and only adding to it.

Since you’re here reading this, you’re probably not like most of the holiday zombies out there, you want to start kicking ass BEFORE the New Year.

Here are 5 ways to do just that, while still enjoying the best the holiday season has to offer.

#1: Keep it Paleo(ish)

Limit/eliminate gluten and sugar (two of the most harmful and fat building nutrients on the planet).

Instead focus on

• protein,
• veggies,
• and healthy fats.

At least fill up of these things first and the holiday treats won’t have the same magnetic effect.

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#2: Start or Re-Commit To Your Workout Routine

Start a new fitness program today, or at least this week.

You know damn well you’ll make different food and lifestyle choices if you’re getting your butt kicked a few times a week.

If that’s not in the budget, get a workout buddy, carve out time in your schedule and treat it like an end of the year meeting with your boss, or Santa.

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Bring the friends and family along for a simple walk around the block or ride your bike instead of taking the car.

Schedule a few yoga classes, set a 50 minute timer at your desk and hop up every time it goes off for

• some squats,
• some stretches,
• deep breaths,
• and a walk.

It all adds up, and not moving adds up too.

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#4: Sleep

Do everything you can to improve the quantity and quality of your sleep.

• Black out curtains,
• a sleeping mask (I use one),
• eliminate electronics in the room,
• get some ear plugs,
• set a bedtime alarm and shoot for those 8 hours.

You’ll reduce your stress, decrease your food cravings, and help your body burn fat and build muscle.

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#5: Take the Long-Term View

Sure, it’s just 1 holiday party, 1 feast, but do a thought experiment and ask yourself what your life would be like if you ate/drank like this every day.

Now take a deep breath, and have a round of the veggie tray and a soda water with lime.

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Here’s to being the person you want to be, all year round! 

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