Staying fit and eating right is hard enough. Adding the holiday season to the mix can make it feel nearly impossible. So how exactly can we stick to our fitness and health goals while also enjoying all of the enticing holiday food, desserts, and drinks? Max is here to rescue you from the “eating season” and help you stay on track while relishing in the holiday festivities!
- Keep a routine in place
Consistency is key. Try your best to stick to your regular workout routine or set a goal for yourself (3 or 4 days a week) and don’t let anything get in the way of that goal. Having a routine and knowing exactly when you will be doing your workouts will allow you to plan around those times and will mitigate the chances of you bailing. The only bad exercise is the one you don’t do!
- Start your day with exercise
Get your exercise out of the way early. Starting off your day with activity can boost your energy and kick-start your metabolism. Also, doing your workout early in the day will give you a sense of accomplishment and motivation. Let’s face it- after a long day of work and responsibilities, it is easy to lose motivation to hit the gym at the end of the day.
- Plan ahead
Planning doesn’t only apply to your workouts but also what you eat throughout the day. If you know that you will be attending a holiday dinner, make healthier choices for breakfast and lunch. Stay away from carb loading and fill up on fruits, veggies, and lean protein, so you feel better about enjoying some of the not-so-healthy options at the party.
- Drink plenty of water
When its cold outside its easier to forget that we need to stay hydrated, but drinking water is critical for staying fit. Drinking enough water (at least 8 cups a day) will allow your body to perform at its optimal level during workouts. Staying hydrated will help you feel full and minimize any false sense of hunger.
- Sign up for a holiday 5k
Most cities have fun holiday 3k or 5k options – sign up! Being a part of a fun event will allow you to add some cardio to your routine while having some holiday fun. Never tried a 5k before? That’s OK! Make it a new holiday tradition that helps you stay on track! If you’re a beginner, walking the distance is fine too!
- Avoid staying still for long periods of time
Going to gatherings and parties can mean a lot of sitting, and if you already work a 9-5 desk job, this can add up to a lot of stationary time. Try to get up and keep moving. Dance to some holiday music, go for a 10-minute walk after dinner or get everyone involved in a game like “Heads Up!” (free in the app store) that requires you to get up and move.
- Bring healthy treats to the party
Set yourself up for success. If you are attending a party, bring a healthy treat. Having a healthy option that you like will encourage you to fill up on that rather than on all of the carbs and desserts. Don’t cut out all of the bad stuff- find a balance and allow yourself to enjoy a few of your holiday favorites.
Stay motivated and don’t let the holidays keep you from reaching your fitness goals! If you do stray from your workout routine or healthy eating habits, get right back to it and don’t let one bad day lead to a bad month!
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