Opinion: Feeling Guilty About Your Gluttony?

Now that we’re reaching the tail-end of the Thanksgiving weekend(and the start of the holiday season overall), are you feeling guilty about your gluttony? Well, I’m here to tell you this: don’t.

For many of us, fitness and going to the gym ends around the holidays. The holiday season, with its travel demands and the need to see family and friends, presents big hurdles to established routines and habits that keep us fit and healthy.

But rather than freak out about this change in schedule and the wrench in your plans, take a step back to truly enjoy the opportunities that the holiday season has to offer. Because health isn’t just about looking good; it’s also your life outside of the gym.

It’s about spending time with the people that matter most to you. Your friends and family, not your macros and your shakes. Savor the chance to see these people and enjoy their company, and don’t sulk about the gym session you missed because your friend wanted to do something else with you.

There’s a time for work and a time for play. Part of the battle in our personal health pursuits is striking a balance between the “healthy” and the “unhealthy.” But the better you’re able to separate those things, the better off you are as a whole.  Neither side of that delicate balance should consume you; you should not be thinking about how that turkey stuffing ruined your macro count in the midst of your Thanksgiving dinner.

Your health and fitness doesn’t have a deadline. Over the long haul, this holiday season is just another blip on the radar and a minor event on the timeline. It’s better to be steady and consistent throughout the year, rather than all the way up and all the way down continuously. The all-or-nothing approach rarely works, and fitness perfection doesn’t exist.

Just be sure to get back at it once the Thanksgiving holiday ends. Got to prepare for Christmas right after that!

by Jeremy Lau

New York, NY

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