Healthy Holiday Habits – Fitness Talk with Dana Gore and Tom Huffman

I had promised in another recent post that I would dedicate the rest of the year to sharing information to help you to get inspired to live a healthy and joyous life.

And while I will certainly continue this theme throughout the new year (and will even ramp things up a bit), I wanted to make it a point to offer a wide variety of different delivery systems to enable you to align yourself with the concept of well-being.

In the past, I had limited myself to expressing my thoughts through writing only. I have done a few podcasts here and there, and had even made a short video to discuss the contents of my exercise safety book

…but from here on out, I intend to expand upon the available avenues in which I can express myself when it comes to offering out insights and tips in regard to healthy living.

So with this being said, I’d like to share a recent video interview I did a couple of weeks ago where I was able to freely share my thoughts, insights and personal experiences about what it takes to make an internal shift to bring (and keep) a sense of wellness into your life.

Healthy Holiday Habits – Fitness Talk with Dana Gore and Tom Huffman

Tom Huffman ofย Tom Huffman’sย Calisthenics Academyย and I sat down and discussed what it means to be healthy and fit for a lifetime.


It isn’t the first time I’ve had a conversation with him. Earlier this year he interviewed me (and several other health and fitness professionals) for his Trainer’s Talk at the Digital Water Cooler’s podcast series. I shared the interview in this post, and received some awesome feedback from it.

Now while I do enjoy sharing tips and ideas related to nutrition and exercise, the most important component in regard to a healthy living lifestyle has to do with mindset. We make our choices, believe it or not, based on what we think and feel about ourselves, life and our own belief systems.

I feel it’s our responsibility to take care of ourselves and to treat our bodies with dignity and respect. None of us are, or will ever be perfect in this regard…but we can certainly practice balance.

The conversation in the video took place on the week of Thanksgiving. I shared some tips about how to avoid overeating during this particular holiday…however, what was shared would work beautifully when applied to any holiday.

Some things to think about are:

  • What would it mean to give yourself an extra 20 minutes before going for that second helping? Could you do it?
  • How are you emotions connected to your eating habits (especially when it comes to those family holiday feasts)?
  • What does an exercise program designed on YOUR own personal likes/dislikes look like and how can you start implementing this in the new year (or even now)?
  • What type of inner-work might be required to make the necessary changes to improve your lifestyle?

Now I know that time is short for a lot of us, especially for those who have busy schedules.

If you do happen to find some time to allow this to play (even in the background), I think you’ll discover some ideas here that may challenge everything you think you know about what it means to be healthy and well…

…and you’ll also see just how attainable it is as long as you are truly ready.


I’d love to hear your thoughts about this.

We don’t have to look like fitness models, nor do we have to train for any specific athletic or performance based activities.

But we do need to feel good about ourselves and experience a sense of joy and self-trust when it comes to our own lives…and this is how I view the world of health and fitness.

Over ย to you…

Have you discovered a relationship between your thoughts and your body?


Dana Gore

Author of the books "A Simple Guide to Exercise Safety (What You Don't Know CAN Hurt You)" and "Streetwise Philosophy (A Bullshit-Free Approach to Spiritual Maturity)", Dana Gore is a health and fitness professional, wellness coach, and freelance writer. Dana brings guidance to the public about how to achieve optimal health in a safe and structured manner while inspiring her readers to seek self-awareness and inner peace as a means to well-being in all areas of life.

16 thoughts on “Healthy Holiday Habits – Fitness Talk with Dana Gore and Tom Huffman

  • at 12:44 pm

    Hey Dana,

    I can’t believe I haven’t commented on this post. My goodness, where is my head these days. LOL!!!

    I too enjoyed the video but I also know just how knowledgeable you are after you’ve helped me several times. Even having read your book, I was like wow. Someone really needed to write something like this because it’s even the gum issue you were talking about at the beginning of your interview. So much can and does go wrong and as you know it’s happened to my own brother.

    Most of us don’t enjoy exercising, me included. But we have to be realistic about where we are and what we can actually do. Of course it’s not going to be enjoyable to start out with but like you mentioned, don’t start with one that’s high intensity and probably created for those who have been doing it for years. That’s an accident waiting to happen but most of us are just ignorant. Kind of like a lot of things in life I would say.

    Really appreciate all your advice though and I do hope that those interested in being healthy and staying fit will continue reading your blog. You definitely are the woman that can help them.

    Have a great week and happy holidays.


    • at 8:22 pm

      Hi Adrienne,

      No worries about not having commented here yet. I know you had a very busy week last week ๐Ÿ™‚

      I’m thrilled that you had a chance to listen to the interview. I do know how you feel about exercising (and you’re not alone in that either), which is why I always encourage people to find something they enjoy. You and I will get an opportunity to chat again sometimes soon I hope…and when we do, I’ll give you some ideas.

      And yes, it’s always wise to start with a light program and progress your way to something more challenging safely.

      I wrote the book because this is an uncommon topic of discussion. It’s still uncommon, even though the information can prevent unnecessary injury – and even save a life. I’m hoping the day will come when people start to realize that this information is the difference between a successful health and fitness program or one that could end in disaster. I included some examples in one of the chapters of individuals who weren’t so lucky.

      I personally had no idea about chewing gum either until I attended personal training school. You see professional athletes doing this all the time and no one realizes there can be some pretty severe consequences in doing this.

      I’m so glad you read the book – not only because I’m glad you got something out of it, but because you’ve helped to spread the word.
      Thank-you for that.

      I always appreciate when you visit Adrienne and I hope you have a fabulous rest of the week ๐Ÿ™‚

  • at 9:50 pm

    Hi Dana,

    Enjoyed the interview very much. I especially like the idea of getting yourself into the groove of a good exercise and workout routine before New Year’s so that when the big day comes (Jan 2… lol), you’re already in the flow. No need for this big blast out of the “new you” routine. I agree that this takes a lot of pressure off you to “change”, and instead just allows you to keep rolling on.

    I think it’s a lot like dieting. I always tell people to just think of it as “eating healthier.” Dieting implies so many things that trip those emotional connections, I think simply eating good bypasses a lot of the trauma associated with the “big change” of a “diet.”

    Lots to think about with this article, Dana. You’ve got me wheels turning.


    • at 5:37 pm

      Hi Donna,

      I love that you listened to it.

      Glad you related to what I said about the New Year’s situation. I remember the days when Jan 2nd felt like a nightmare…as if the buzz kill from the holidays being over and going back to work/school wasn’t enough.

      It really is similar to how people think about dieting.
      I had learned to add good foods in with the mentality that it would help to crowd out the “bad” stuff. It worked…and became a more pleasant way to form new habits.

      From what I know about you, you take pretty good care of yourself, so if this has your wheels spinning, then I’m thrilled that you got something new out of it.

      Thanks for stopping by Donna, and thanks again for listening to the discussion. It means a lot to me.

  • at 3:39 am

    Hi Dana

    A wonderful post to remind us all that we need to look after ourselves. I really loved the videos and the chat. It gave lot of information about fitness and workout. I am myself a fitness freak and try not to miss out on my workouts but at times I really have to push myself.

    Thanks for sharing!

    • at 10:42 am

      Hi Sonal,

      Awww thanks. I appreciate that ๐Ÿ™‚

      I think many of us need to push ourselves from time to time. I had mentioned in the video that it’s a great idea to stick with things we naturally enjoy doing…and that it’s good to be open to the fact that this can change as our interests change.

      Easier to stay consistent with activities we enjoy.
      Thanks for commenting and enjoy the rest of your week.

  • at 12:14 pm

    Hi Dana ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks for sharing your awesome post where so many can benefit! We need to take that time each one of us, to make sure we are taking care of ourselves daily ๐Ÿ™‚ I know when I do not go to the gym I feel tired and not that alert ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • at 3:33 pm

      Hi Joan,

      It was my pleasure to share everything I could in this interview, and everywhere else I can.

      I know how tough it is to get and stay connected to this process, and I feel we all learn from one another.

      Like you, I feel much better when I have worked out vs when I haven’t. It helps with everything ๐Ÿ™‚

  • at 4:37 am

    Hi Dana,

    A great reminder for all of us indeed ๐Ÿ™‚

    Yes, we need to take out time for ourselves, no matter what! And this certainly includes taking care of our bodies, the physical aspect of it. I think most of us lead busy lives, as we are working all the time. But health is wealth, and just as we take our time for eating, cleaning, cooking, and all the other things, we need to fit in exercise or some kind of physical activity in our daily routine.

    Agreed it doesn’t always happen, but I try to be out and walk on most days as I follow a fixed routine, except for the weekends, when everything needs a break!!

    Wonderful interview, though I don’t usually go for workouts, gyms, or very vigorous kind of exercises – it’s the very basics for me – brisk 50 off min of walk and that helps as it fits in well with my timetable too.

    Thanks for sharing. Have a nice week ahead ๐Ÿ™‚

    • at 9:50 am

      Hi Harleena,

      I think it’s great that you have a routine that you stick with. Walking is one of the most functional activities you can do, and it makes a fantastic fitness program.

      I know it’s tough for a lot of us to find the time to do it. It’s even challenging to find the motivation when there IS time…so it’s always cool to find the path of least resistance and just do something you enjoy (which it sounds like you already do).

      There are so many ways to go about this. Some people need to keep it simple…others need to really push themselves and attain a big, lofty goal. Different strokes for different folks…and it’s always about discovering what makes an individual tick because that’s what will keep them moving.
      And even that might change from time to time…as mentioned in the video.

      I appreciate that you took the time to check it out, and I hope you have a fabulous week ๐Ÿ™‚

  • at 12:37 am

    Hey Hi Dana, I saw your video and I got to know so many stuff about workout and fitness. The only problem with me is I get bored with my work out. Though I keep on trying Zumba and Aerobics along with my work out. At times, I get too lazy to step inside the gym. My new year resolution is I will try to visit gym at least 5 days a week. Thanks for sharing this post.
    Have a great week ahead!

    • at 9:44 am

      Hi Ana,

      I’m glad you enjoyed the video…and I’m happy you had a chance to watch it.

      I can relate to getting bored with workouts. I would say to find something you enjoy because it’ll help you to stick with it. Mixing things up also helps…and I would recommend adding in things like Yoga, dance or fitness walking with a friend.

      I’m not big on resolutions, but if this is something you feel you can commit to, then I wish you luck. Just keep it fun, creative and something that brings you a sense of enthusiasm.

  • at 10:09 pm

    Hi Dana,

    This is a great post. My biggest problem is getting started. There are times I really have to push myself. I love how I feel after a good workout but getting started is a drag. Any suggestions on how to overcome that?

    I haven’t had a chance to listen to your chat with Tom, the house is in full crazy mode right now but I’m going to listen to it in the morning before the rush :).

    Hope you had a great day Dana!


    • at 9:40 am

      Hey Cori,

      Thanks so much. I really appreciate that :).

      I can relate to what you said about getting started…and I would say there are a couple of ways to go about it…

      1 – Watch some youtube videos of exercise programs that inspire you. It actually gets you moving in your own head – which can help to inspire actual movement.

      2 – Practice the to the ten minute rule. By committing to just ten minutes, it can either be a short workout, or it can build some momentum and lead to longer routines.

      I’ll write a post elaborating on this, but this could help for now.

      If you do get to listen to/watch the video, let me know what you think.

      Have an awesome day Cori ๐Ÿ™‚

  • at 8:28 pm

    I’m glad that I read this post and listened to the interview. I didn’t know how important it was to do a cool down after a workout. I will be sure to properly cool down everytime now.

    • at 9:07 pm

      Hi Laura,


      I’m so glad you listened to the interview – and I’m super thrilled that you got something out of it.
      That’s lifesaving knowledge. I had to attend personal training school to learn about that – and hear about some of the fatalities that resulted in not doing a proper cool down following a workout.

      Sounds dramatic, but it does happen. Not an ideal way to go about a healthy living program, right?

      Thanks for stopping by ๐Ÿ™‚


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