December may be the month when the year is winding down, but that doesn't mean you have to slow down at all when it comes to your fitness goals. We think December is the best month of the year to set a new fitness goal and we have five reasons why.
Reason No. 1: Combats Overeating
It's no secret we do a lot of eating during the holiday season. Using this time to set a new fitness goal can help you counteract some of those less-healthy dietary habits. You may find something as simple as making sure to hit 10,000 steps a day makes a big difference.
Reason No. 2: Provides Motivation
Stayed motivated can be the most challenging part of a long-term fitness routine. This is why setting new goals for yourself gives you something new to focus on, helping you avoid a physical and mental plateau in your results that can lead to slacking off.
Reason No. 3: Fights Stress
Between family, friends and work, you probably more obligations than normal during this time of year, which can cause a great deal of stress. Stress triggers the release of the hormone cortisol, which can actually cause weight gain, among other negative effects. Exercising helps reduce stress and anxiety by boosting production of the "happy hormones" like serotonin, which can also help if you're dealing with seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a condition common during this time of year.
Reason No. 4: Promotes Sleep
A good workout during the day leads to a better night's sleep. While the time of day you like to work out can vary, getting in a good calorie-burning session will lead to more deep restful sleep later on. Aim to work out first thing in the morning if you can so you can enjoy sustained energy all day long and a gradual wind-down toward the end of the evening.
Reason No. 5: Sets You Up for Success
Everyone sets fitness and weight loss goals for January, but starting in December means you're beginning the new year on the right foot, instead of already being four weeks behind. This allows you to go into the new year well on your way to achieving a bigger goal for even more drastic results.
Keep these reasons in mind all month long to help you stay on target to meet your own personal wellness goals.