Before we officially begin the holiday season — k, maybe I’m a day or two late on that 🙂 — I have a suggestion.

Today you should give yourself a gift. Don’t you love gifts? The good news is this one is FREE and will keep on giving as you enter the new year.

It’s the gift of keeping things simple when it comes to your fitness.

For many of us, the holidays are a season of burning the candle at both ends. On top of our regular obligations we are busy planning/attending parties and celebrations, making trips to see loved ones or getting ready for them to visit us, and stressing out over gift giving and putting up the decorations and then taking them down and oh-by-the-way surprise snowfalls, snow days, and generally being winter-ready.

Or maybe we are feeling stressed/sad because this year will be the first (or second, or third) season when things are “different” than we want them to be because of life changes.

No matter which end of the spectrum you fall on, give yourself the gift of keeping things simple.

How do you do that? By sticking with the basics that keep you feeling vibrant, well and full of energy.

Don’t expect to follow a big crash diet this season. Likewise, don’t expect to feel great on a diet of cocktails, cookies, burgers and chips.

Instead, aim for covering the basics. Here are ways I cover the basics, and I think they will work for you, too, not just for your holiday season fitness but year-round:

  1. Take a few minutes for yourself each day — when I had a busy household with little alone time, I used to find the longest line at the grocery store and let myself b r e a t h e while standing there.
  2. Intentionally sweat a little every day.
  3. Drink at least eight 8-oz. glasses of water daily.
  4. If the weather allows it, go outside.
  5. Eat at least TWO servings of veggies a day (I know for some of you that is a stretch! Normally I suggest 6 servings, LOL!).
  6. Try to go to bed at a reasonable hour. That’s easier to control than your get-up time.

When in doubt, always come back to the basics. Being true to the basics 80 percent of the time will give you 95 percent of the results you’re after.

Your body will be happy when you treat it to a regular sweat/eat/drink/sleep cycle.

All of the above is why I’m declaring December the month of moderation! No #beastmode. Let’s get the basics nailed and then we’ll go crazy #beastmode with the new year.

Sound like a plan? Are you going to join me? Let me know! Accountability is KEY!