Hey Angels and Alphas,
It’s that time of year when we all want to eat, drink and be merry in honor of the most wonderful time of the year! However, if you are planning on continuing your fitness routine into the New Year, then it’s important to know how to adapt your workout and diet so that you can maintain your results over the holidays. In this article I will give you 5 tips to stay fit during the holiday season!
1) Set Realistic Goals
It’s the holidays, a time of year when it can be hard to stay on track with your fitness goals. With so many delicious holiday treats and indulgent dishes this time of year, it can be easy to slip up. However, if you set realistic goals for the holidays and focus on maintaining your progress instead of progressing, you’ll still have a great experience without sacrificing your fitness goals.
Before beginning the season, start by creating a game plan. Figure out what is going to work best for you during the holiday season Before embarking on any new routine during this hectic time of year, speak with a doctor first about what changes might work best for your individual health and fitness goals. Remember that everything doesn’t have to change completely!
2) Don’t Deprive Yourself
When the holidays come around, it’s tempting to indulge in all of your favorite foods. But this can lead to a greater risk of gaining weight. Instead, consider these five tips for staying fit during the holiday season.
Eating whatever you want can seem like a bad idea, but it’s important to remember that moderation is key. Indulge in your favorites, but try and eat smaller portions than usual so you don’t overload on calories or sugar.
Also make sure you’re getting plenty of nutrients from your food so you still feel energized even after a long day of feasting. If there are foods that trigger cravings, try pre-planning by making healthier options and portioning them out ahead of time. Then simply grab and go when those holiday cravings strike.
3) Get Moving
It’s always tough to find time to get in a workout when life gets busy. But it’s also important to stay active, especially if you’re trying to lose weight. Whether or not it’s difficult to squeeze in workouts, try not to skip them altogether.
When you have time, try going for a walk or take the stairs instead of an elevator. Doing this every day can help you burn up to 200 calories per day! Plus it’ll give you a mental break from your hectic schedule and help relieve stress that might be building up.
4) Watch Your Portions
You may be tempted to eat more during the holiday season, but it’s important to remember that you still need to balance your diet with healthy options. Portion control is key. Serve yourself about 1⁄4 of the portion you think is appropriate for the meal and then stop eating when you feel full.
It’s okay if this means taking home a little extra food from a party or gathering – just don’t overeat at these events because this will lead to weight gain, which can be hard to take off after the holidays.
5) Find Balance
It’s easy to think that the best way to stay fit is to just stop eating and working out completely during the holidays. However, it’s important to find the right balance between enjoying all of the holiday festivities and maintaining your fitness progress.
By following the few simple tips outlined in this article, you’ll be able to get through the holidays while even making some progress. As long as you don’t overeat, watch your alcohol consumption, keep working out, and exercise some portion control… you’ll be golden!