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CFDH Guide to Surviving the Holidays v.3

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It’s that time of the year. Again. For many of us, this “most wonderful time of the year!” can be fraught with tensions – missed workouts, travel, and lots and lots of holiday food. Each year we share some tips for how to handle the holidays – hopefully these will help you navigate the season with ease!

Here are 5 ways you can find balance and stay in the game this holiday season:

1. Remember that the holidays are supposed to be fun. If you spend all your time worrying about what to eat and when to work out, it takes you away from being present with the ones you love. Trust that you will find a way to both spend time with family AND stay on top of your fitness. You just might need to be flexible about it.



2. Take your fitness out of the box. The holidays are a terrific time to express your fitness in other ways. Hit the court, the field or the track. Get up into the mountains. Ski or hike. Find an indoor pool. Spend a lot of time with a lacrosse ball, yoga mat, foam roller or resistance bands working on your mobility. There are lots of things you can do that don’t require a barbell or a rig.

3. Drop in at a local box. I for one encourage you never to miss an opportunity to drop into a local box when you have the chance. See how different boxes operate. Learn something new from their coaches. Play on equipment you don’t have at your home box. Meet fellow Cross Fitters who share your passion for the sport. It’s a great reminder of how strong and widespread our community really is.


4. Try to watch what you eat (but don’t make yourself crazy). This is the toughest thing for most of us during the holidays. It’s a real balancing act to allow yourself to have the occasional drink or dessert but not to let it slide all the way back. You are likely to feel pressure from family and friends to “enjoy yourself!” and have another piece of pie, but it’s up to you to keep an eye on the bigger picture. YOU know you can have a good time while keeping an eye on what you consume.

5. Express love and gratitude. I’m repeating myself from last year, but you can never do this enough. Don’t be stingy with your feelings! Show compassion. Say I love you to those you love. Hug freely. Smile, Listen. If you pay attention, you will realize that there are more things in your life to be grateful for than you could ever possibly name. And you’ll discover new ones every day.

The holidays don’t have to set you back. Embrace and enjoy the season!

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