Healthy ThanksgivingThe holiday season is such a great time of year.

Everyone gets to spend extra time with their families, sharing sweet moments and simple pleasures together. Whether your traditions include baking sweet treats with mom, or carving a massive turkey with dad, it’s the one time of year that brings everyone around the dinner table in love.

For many of us, it’s also a time of relaxation and indulgence. Who doesn’t love munching on holiday cookies with hot cocoa, or loading their plates with favorite comfort foods?

As a martial artist, it is important to acknowledge how easy it is to get off track and lose momentum during the holidays.

Remember, even though staying committed and dedicated to your training is difficult this time of year, it will be worth it in the long run to stick to your goals.

With Thanksgiving approaching, we find ourselves thinking, “After Thursday’s dinner I’ll get back on track,” or, “Right after the New Year I’ll start training again.”

We have one piece of advice for you: START NOW!

This is the most difficult time of year to stay on track. Remember, there’s nothing holding you back except for you. The quicker you start and the longer you stay on track, the easier it will be for you in the long run.

If you find yourself struggling, or if you’re too stressed out to remain committed to your goals, talk to someone. Contact an instructor at Action Karate Plymouth, or reach out to a trusted friend or family member. It’s important to find someone who will help you stay dedicated and will hold you accountable when you begin to stumble.

Speak with a life coach, find a mentor, join a health & wellness group. Just PLEASE do not give up on your goal! Every time you decide to quit, it makes it easier and easier to give up every time you try to start again.

Remember, you are not born with dedication; you learn this valuable tool every time you come to class and put in the work needed to take one step closer to your goal.

Over the next few weeks, we will be increasing the intensity of our classes to help you stay on track and burn all of those holiday calories (remember, one slice of cheesecake contains 380 calories…which requires a 4.6 mile run to burn off!) We want to see you succeed; you’ve worked too hard to quit now!

Click here to sign up for one of Action Karate Plymouth’s intensive karate classes this holiday season.

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Sean Dwyer is the owner of Action Karate Plymouth.