Tired of feeling restricted by holiday health and fitness tips?
Well guess what? These tips are actually doable and won’t restrict your fun!
With all of the parties, events, sugary treats and festive eats, this time of year can be difficult to stay on track with your health and fitness goals. I’m sure many of you are like “What should I do when I go to holiday parties?”, and feeling worried about it messing up your health and fitness goals. All of us should indulge in some festive holiday cheer (it’s time to celebrate, after all!), but it’s important to be mindful of your food and drink choices and keep exercise as a top priority. Here are a few reasonable healthy tips (that you can actually do!) to guide you through the holiday season. Enjoy yourself, have fun, and still feel guilt-free the next day!
If You’re Not Eating, You’re Cheating (Yourself)!
Don’t skip meals!! It’s a common mistake to skip breakfast and lunch to so that we can have a huge dinner. This leads to overeating and can create feelings of guilt for eating so much at one time. Instead, eat a couple small healthy meals throughout your day to keep metabolism spiked before your big dinner. That way you’ll end up eating less than if you starved all day, while still enjoying the meal just as much! (and feeling less “hangry” throughout the day)
Pick up a New Boyfriend, Not Another Cookie!
If you’re at a party with a big table of food, stand across the room away from the food table so you aren’t tempted to mindlessly snack while socializing. Then only go to the table of food when you consciously want some! (expert-tip: use small plates for both appetizers and main courses to mentally cut down on portion sizes.)
When it Comes to Getting Boozy, be Choosy!
If you don’t really love sugar cookies or eggnog, why are you drinking eggnog and eating cookies at the party?! Just because something is in front of you doesn’t mean you have to eat or drink it. Only have it if you truly like it! Also try to avoid high calorie/high sugar holiday cocktails. Instead, opt for a vodka soda or a glass of champagne with a few raspberries. (to turn it up a notch: switch up each alcoholic beverage with a glass of water to help mitigate a hangover the next day!)
Burn It to Earn It!
Make exercise a priority every day. Stay on top of your workout plan and make sure to push yourself extra hard the day of or the day after a big event. It’s more fun to indulge when you’ve already put in your work for the day!
Okay, so maybe you can’t hit the gym as hard as you’d like, or maybe you don’t even have access to a gym, no problem! Get in quick workout without any equipment by making your own circuit with 3-5 exercises. Too full to move around that much? Get in a 30 minute walk sometime during the day. You don’t even need to walk briskly, just get moving!
Get Elfed Up and Enjoy Yourself
This time of year is meant for parties, family, and fun. Indulge a little and enjoy your holidays! Just keep your goals in mind and stay on plan as best as you can. Don’t guilt yourself if you overeat or have a few too many cocktails, a little bit of indulgence every once and a while is good for the soul. Just keep moving forward towards a better and healthier you!
So now do you think you can actually follow these tips this holiday season? Perfect! Give them a try and let me know how it went. You’ll start building momentum going into 2019 towards your healthiest, fittest, and happiest year ever. If you have any questions about planning your holidays or anything else to help you become your best, reach out today!
by Tess Harper