Between Thanksgiving and the New Year, and all of your family’s delicious recipes, there is plenty of opportunity to lose sight of your fitness goals and gain a few more pounds than you expect. With a few helpful hints and a little bit of discipline, you can easily be the exception to the rule!
- Make your Fitness Routine work with your Holiday Schedule:
Have you noticed that your routine is falling off at the end of the day because you have to go shopping, decorate the house and prepare food all at the same time? Waking up a little earlier to get your work out in first thing in the morning may help!!
Having a consistent strategy is always an important part of every day life. As well as the importance of maintaining that consistency, getting the exercise part of your day out of the way in the morning will bring you to the rest of your tasks with more energy and less stress!!
- Don’t skimp on the vegetables!
This is as simple as it sounds. Vegetables are FULL of fiber, which means they work wonders on your energy and metabolism. By filling your meals with different types of vegetables, taking in a handful of those big holiday meals won’t stick to your thighs so easily!
- On BIG meal days, set limits!
This time of year that many of us spend with family is meant for us to enjoy! However, counting calories is not anyone’s favorite passed-time… We recommend, instead of spending your holiday meals distracted, set limits on the foods that you know you want to indulge in. By maintaining a cap on the amount of each of your favorite holiday treats, you are not abandoning your fitness goals and you are enhancing your inner strength with just a hint of self-control!
- Get out of the house!
Just because it is cold outside, doesn’t mean there isn’t still plenty to do. Visiting your local activity Center may provide you with multiple indoor sports to play with your family, and who could forget about Ice Skating! Your entire family will benefit from the time spent together and the physical activities. Getting a little cold just to warm up again with the ones you love most doesn’t sound like too much torture, right? Right!
- Drink your water!
Teachers, parents, fitness instructors, families and friends have been kindly reminding us on a regular basis how the body cannot perform without water and if you are starting to get thirsty, you are already dehydrated. Well, it’s true! Through the holiday season, it can get a little difficult to be sure you are drinking enough water, what with the cold weather and the holiday spirits. Just remember, staying hydrated will help your body heal faster when those inebriating elixirs become a little bit too exhilarating. Not only will you cure that morning-after headache, your brain will operate clearly and your metabolism will process everything you indulge in at a higher rate! Drink up!