Teamwork, Health and Fitness. It is challenging to stay healthy, particularly during the holidays. And, It is rare for someone to just be healthy and fit on their own. To increase success having a team, a coach, or support system provides motivation and success.
At Webolutions, we seek to provide that support by keeping it simple and fun in a group called Webolutions Revolutions. In this group, we are facilitating a weight loss group – currently there’s a group of 49 who are working to shed over 500 pounds by December 31st.
So how is our group staying fit during the holidays?
Here are 7 thoughts for good health and fitness from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day.
1. Do some physical activity EVERY day.
Even if it’s just a quick walk around your block, a few seconds of a plank or a few pushups. Make it a habit every day – soon it will be one of the best parts of your day.
2. Get outside every day.
REI has even made that a thing with Opt Outside. The program encourages going outside each day. With the right clothing and gear some of the worst days are the best. Want to kick off your opt outside? Join us on Black Friday – we’re hosting Colorado’s event in coordination with 52 Hike Challenge! Sign up here.
3. Enjoy real food, including all the vegetables that you’d like and most fresh fruits.
Everything else you should learn to love, only in significantly smaller portions. You can do that – it’s just a habit!
4. Practice the thought of learning to love your body.
It’s not perfect, nor will it ever be, nor does anyone else expect or want perfection. But it is terrific right now the way it is. And now you get to choose to begin sculpting it into something else wonderful. First though you’ve got to get comfortable in your own skin.
5. Set a goal several months out.
This goal could be walking or running a 5K, a weight loss goal, climbing a few sets of stairs without being out of breath, or comfortably fitting in to your old favorite dress or suit. Write your goal down and create a plan to accomplish it. Every day, write down a very short summary of what you did that day.
6. Tell your family and friends.
Tell them your goal, ask them to join you if they’re interested. Ask for the support and encouragement. Post on Facebook. Search for a couple of training partners.
7. Celebrate EVERY small success.
Walked around the block – Yea! 1 Pushup – it’s a great start. Really. Enjoy sunrises and laugh with others and yourself. We’ve only got one chance at this. Every failure and mistake is in reality a victory. Enjoy!
John Brackney is the Director of Public Policy and Community Engagement at Webolutions. John is a former elected official, founder of a city and CEO of a major Chamber of Commerce. He’s also has run over 100 races in his lifetime including several marathons. On Thanksgiving Day 2017 he will have run his 850th consecutive day without missing a day of running.