Between pies and cross-country travel, it can be pretty tough to stay active during the holiday season. There are 35 days between Thanksgiving and New Years Day, and we’re determined to make the most of them.
1. Plan Ahead
In order to stay fit during the holidays, planning ahead is required. Schedules easily become full of holiday parties, visiting family and friends, shopping for gifts and more—so it is important to set time aside to work out.
2. Indulge for a night, not a season
Enjoy the holiday. If you worry about eating too much on this single day, the reality is that one day won't make or break your health plan. Unfortunately, most people start a pattern of daily 'treats' in some form or another or skip exercise due to visiting relatives. That routine then somehow continues from Thanksgiving through the end of the year. Enjoy the holiday, but don't let it go from a day of indulgence to a month of indulgence that leads to unwanted habits that continue beyond the holiday season.It's easy to overindulge when the season of parties and leftovers – so many leftovers – is upon us. Avoid allowing 'treats' to become staples by not letting them linger in the house after the celebration has ended. When the party is over, it is time to dump the junk!
NOTE: If we prepare the food ourselves, we can go for healthier versions of the classic holiday dishes.
3. Eat Before Going Out
When you know you’re going to a holiday party, eat your normal healthy foods before you go, so you won’t be as hungry once there. It’s not as festive as cramming your mouth with delicious, high-calorie treats, but you’ll feel so much better.
4. Get Creative with Your Workouts
Even if we won’t be able to go to the gym during holidays, there are various other activities we can engage in to give our body some energetic boost. Think of some enjoyable activities that may be also occasions to move a little. It may be a longer walk, jog, or even a hike. It may be sledging, skating or hockey. It may be anything that will actually make you move off the couch. Maybe it's dancing a little harder at that office party. Evening walking around the mall burns calories. As long as you keep moving to balance out everything you're eating.
Most importantly, don't beat yourself up if everything doesn't go according to plan. After all, it’s only a week (Thanksgiving, Christmas, Boxing Day, New Years Eve and New Years Day) – there’s no need to make a fuss of it. Yes, we slow down for one week. But sometimes we need to slow down for a while to speed up afterwards. This one week can give us a very powerful boost in the long run. Plus, after that a new year begins, which may be a fresh start in terms of motivation both to exercise and healthier eating.
Have wonderful holidays that will give you a lot of energy for all the new challenges in the next year.