Fit Friday with Eva Redpath
Merry Christmas everyone!
I'm typing away in Ottawa visiting my mom and brother with my other half Mark and our puppy Echo. We just had a yummy breakfast, walked the dogs and it's almost time to hit the road to visit Mark's family in Montreal and have a nice turkey dinner there. Who else is juggling multiple family functions over the holidays? Part of me wants to boycott real clothes and stay in these cozy black & white polka-dot jammies all day...
My mom (who's favourite song at the moment is Drake's Hotline Bling) treated us to a soiree of "Paint Nite" as a family holiday activity, where I quickly realized I am most definitely not a modern-day Picasso and should not quit my day job. However, lack-of-skill-aside, it was such a fun night and I'm proud to share that there was only one moment when I almost broke out into tears and threw down my canvas (we were asked to draw wispy blades of grass and mine looked like banana leaves on steroids). Once I regained my cool, I finished my piece de resistance. This morning I was looking at all of them, and damn son! When we walked in to the event they were nothing but blank canvases and we all walked out with unique interpretations of the original image. Kudos, family.
This week back home has been filled with dinners, brunches, cocktails and way more lounging than I typically do - all of which has been amazing but thank goodness it's #FitFriday, I need to get back on track! I've been working hard on making fitness a habit this year, a hard shift from an item on a to-do list, and I don't want to throw it all away just because of the holidays. My other half and I are challenging ourselves to a "no-sugar-added" holiday, which has made it easier to stay on track but nonetheless chips and late night snacking have weaselled their way into my life.
Since this edition of #FitFriday falls on a day with wild amounts of temptation (hello brie!), I enlisted the help of the woman who's been kicking my ass all year, Eva Redpath. Check out her top tips on making it through the holidays!
TIP #1 - Make it a play date
You're probably surrounded by friends and family, so work a few group workouts into your social calendar over the next week and help each other stay accountable. You could plan a yoga class with your BFF before brunch, catch-up with mom over a walk or organize a ski trip with your pals.
TIP #2 - Be your resolution now
Don't wait for the new year, instead test yourself now to see what your fastest mile is or how many burps you can crush! It's also a fun way to get outside of your typical workout regime.
TIP # 3 - Indulge, but don't fall off the wagon
Enjoy some well-deserved R&R and don't hesitate to reward yourself with a few indulgences - you deserve it! However, if you can squeeze even just a 10 minute sweat session in between your holiday festivities you'll be better for it come January. I challenge you to give Kristy Godso's Zoom in 10 N+TC workout a try.
TIP #4 - Be realistic!
Try to set yourself up with one fitness goal that you can conquer between now and January 1st. Remember, this isn't the time for breaking PBs, it's about the small wins that keep you moving over the holidays. Crushing a goal now - no matter how easy - will also increase your confidence, so you'll be more likely to reach for greatness in 2016.
TIP #5 - Write your goals down, and share them out
Let your community be there to support you and keep you accountable.
TIP #6 - You do you
Remember, the most important way to make your fitness plans stick is by doing it for the right reasons. Do it for yourself! Then you will surely get through the holidays with a healthier outlook on life and be #betterforit come January.
TIP # 7 - Use today, to plan for tomorrow
If you have time off school or work, use this time to set yourself up for success and prepare to hit the ground running in 2016. Map out your health and fitness goals for 2016, pre-register for workout classes or sign-up for a fitness challenge, better yet do so with friends! (Example: Nike’s new 21 Days of Better For It; just take a quick quiz and find out what plan fits your lifestyle and fitness and commit on January 4)
Want to know more about Eva?
She's often seen being featured on the pages of popular health & fitness magazines and TV shows, hosting her own digital series on Coral TV "Get Fit in the City" and is a sought-after fitness expert. Redpath ultimate goal is to empower women to achieve her best and serve for this through every facet of who she is. If you ask Eva, she'll tell you she's just getting started. Follow the journey @EvaRedpath and www.EvaRedpath.com