The holidays are already upon us and with added scheduling constraints (parties, traveling, decorating, and shopping) it is not uncommon to lose your health and fitness focus.
So if you are among the many people who slip up with their exercise routine or overindulge at parties, then this list of tips is just for you.
Remember that we are all human and each new day brings a new chance to start over and re-adjust our focus on achieving the health and fitness goals we have for ourselves. If you skip a workout here or there or overindulge at the company party, don’t beat yourself up about it. Let it go. Tomorrow is another chance to get back on track and here’s how:
Dos and Don’ts:
- Food is Fuel: Don’t skip meals or head to parties on an empty stomach as this can lead to over eating. Start your day with a high protein breakfast and always have a small snack before hitting any party, especially if you have dietary restrictions.
- Eat Clean, Eat Green: Do Load up on fresh veggies and fruit as much as possible. When you go to a party, aim to fill 50% or more of your plate with clean greens. The fiber and vitamins will fill you up and make you less likely to overindulge.
- Water, Water Everywhere: Don’t skimp on water. Keeping hydrated is vital to helping your body through workouts as well as keeping your metabolism working to digest your food. It also helps keep your skin looking great, which is often one of the first things to suffer during stressful holiday festivities.
- Hydration Nation: Do load up on water all day long. If you are out or at a party, make sure you have water throughout the night to prevent dehydration for your next day’s workout. Keep a water bottle in your car and on your nightstand as a reminder to drink up!
- Pick Your Poison: Don’t go overboard. Too many sweets and glasses of wine at the neighborhood holiday party? You are certainly NOT the first person to have indulger's remorse, but be proactive when you know you are headed to a party. Pick your indulgences carefully. If you are going to load up on desserts, maybe skip the alcohol.
- Start Each Day Fresh: Do start each new day with a healthy, protein-rich breakfast and lots of water. Forget about yesterday’s slip-ups and don’t worry about tomorrow’s parties. Just focus on the present and do what you can to stick to your health and fitness goals.
- Sleep is Part of the Equation: Don’t skimp on sleep. Proper, adequate rest is a necessary part to staying sane during the craziness of the holidays. Rest also allows your body to recover from workouts and it helps ward off germs, keeping you from getting sick.
- Move Your Body: Don’t use the holidays as an excuse to throw your health and fitness goals by the wayside. When it comes to working out during the holidays, remember that some exercise is better than none at all. If you are traveling and don’t have access to your regular gym or studio, remember that running and walking are easy to do anywhere and that family fun events like ice skating and hiking also burn calories.
- Education Helps Motivation: Do check out the classes at your favorite studio and plan a day ahead. Knowing when your favorite class is can help you plan your day around your workout, ensuring that you have time for it in your busy schedule. Building in a time for working out will not only help maintain your healthy waistline over the holidays, but it will help keep your stress levels in check.
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