Tips to Stay Fit and Active During the Holiday Season
The holiday season is truly a wonderful time of the year. It’s also filled with festive food and drinks that aren’t always in line with our health and fitness goals. The good news is that you can enjoy some treats and still stay on track.
Have a Plan and Purpose
Plan your workouts in advance and set short term goals. Whether it’s maintaining your weight or signing up for a future race, having goals you’re trying to reach will help keep you motivated.
Also, the earlier you work out each day, the better. With all the treats at the office and holiday parties, you might be less inclined to workout in the afternoon or evening. If you don’t have time to do the entire workout you had planned, modify it. Whether it’s going for a walk or doing a shorten version, a modified workout is better than skipping it.
Don’t Forget the Water
Staying hydrated helps curb cravings. If you are going to enjoy some desert, drink a glass of water first. It will soften cravings. Also, if you plan to drink alcohol, do so in moderation. If you’re going to have two drinks containing alcohol, consume two glasses of water as well.
Make Healthy Decisions
Avoid depriving yourself. This can lead to getting frustrated and over eating. Instead, pick one holiday treat you really enjoy and savor it mindfully. Also, it’s okay to say no and keep moderation in mind as you’re being offered treats.
To help with temptations, keep healthy snacks on hand and if you’re attending a holiday party, offer to bring a healthy dish. Doing either or both, means you’ll have healthy options. Also, fill up on greens, lean protein, fruit and healthy fat throughout the day. This will help curb cravings. If you end up going overboard, let go of the guilt, make healthy decisions the next day and get your workout in.
Enjoy an Active Holiday Season
When you do holiday shopping at the mall, it’s a great chance to do some power walking. The holidays are also about creating memorable moments so start a new tradition that’s focused on fitness. Encourage family and friends to join you in running a 5k or get outside for a walk after a big meal.
Remember, this time of year is all about enjoying yourself and you don’t need to deprive yourself. Just be mindful of what you’re eating and make working out a priority.
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