10 Ways to Keep Your Fitness Plan on Track during the Holidays
During this time of year, it is extremely challenging to maintain the healthy habits you have worked so hard for, so we have compiled a few tips to help you through this season. We find every excuse not to eat right or not to stay on track with our fitness goals. Between the holidays of Thanksgiving and the New Year (for some it starts from Halloween), we celebrate more than we should. The end result is weight gain, less workouts, and a lethargic feeling. We know it is possible to balance healthy lifestyle and still enjoy all the traditions, food, and fun times. With balance and moderation, you can stay on track! Happy Holidays to You and Yours… and Let’s Stay Fit!
- Water is Your Best Friend… Drink lots of water all day. This should be part of your routine already, if it’s not… Tomorrow is a new day!
- Snack on fruits and vegetables throughout the day. This allows your metabolism to stay on track as well as continuously providing you with the energy you need to continue your day.
- Limit alcohol consumption. Alcohol contains just as many calories per gram as fat. Moderation…. If going to a lot of parties, limit yourself to 1 drink or drink club soda or fruit juice…. Stay away from egg nog (350 calories per cup)!!
- Exercise wherever you can. This season gets busy, so you can do squats, pushups, sit ups, etc. anywhere. Enroll in a group exercise class or do exercises at work or while shopping. Any extra activity will help you stay on track!
- Try your best not to miss your scheduled workouts. Exercise extra on your days off by completing a mile run or doing a spin class. If you miss a class, always make it up somehow by doing an at home workout.
- Don’t Skip Meals. It’s tempting to skip meals to make up for whatever food you’ll eat later, but if you’re starving, you’ll lean more towards eating unhealthy food choices or whatever is available. Eat small meals all day to avoid going overboard at the table.
- Eat a nutritious meal or snack before you attend events or parties where there is a lot of food, or use a small plate to avoid overindulging. If you have to, leave earlier than you usually would to avoid continuous eating. If it’s there in the room with you all night, you’ll probably eat it!
- Be consistent with your vitamins and nutritional supplements. Stay consisted with taking your essential daily multivitamins, and any other supplements or medications you are prescribed to take. Don’t veer off track and cause your health to decline. During this time of the year, everyone is always on the go so make sure you plan ahead and continue to put your health first.
- Create a short term goal to accomplish before the New Year (i.e… Running a 5k in February). You can also get a family member or friend on board to help keep you on track with healthy habits during the holidays.
- Choose One Treat. Once at the party, choose one thing to indulge in and make it good. Pick something you only get during the holidays and eat your 1 serving.
Info taken from: www.lifetimefitness.com; http://www.mamashealth.com/exercise/holidayfit.asp;http://www.washingtonian.com/blogs/wellbeing/healthy-eating/10-tips-for-staying-fit-during-the-holidays.php