Staying fit during the holiday season can be tough!! Here are tips on how to help you stay on track:
- Don’t Beat Yourself Up
First and foremost, I just want to remind you not to beat yourself up over big and unhealthy meals, or skipping a day of working out. This time of year only happens once, and we are all human. I am with my family every Christmas (and they like to make HUGE meals!!), so I understand how it is difficult to maintain a balance between enjoying yourself and time with your family and maintaining healthy habits. If you know you’re going to be treating yourself, focus on working out a bit harder and getting back on track the next day. Although I’m not saying to overdo it every day, make sure you’re still livin’ it up and cherishing the holiday season.
- Make Plans Ahead of Time
Going off what I just said above, because you will be attending holiday parties, knowing when you might splurge, or if you know you’re not going to have time to workout the next day, PLAN AHEAD! Maybe just come home a little early from holiday shopping to workout:) Even if it’s just 20 minutes- it’s better than nothing.
- Grab a Friend or Family Member
Doing workouts with a buddy not only makes it ten times more fun, but it makes it easier to find the time. When I come home for winter break, I always just want to hang out with my friends that I haven’t seen in forever or be with my cousins! So if this is the case for you too, why not include your friends and family in your workouts. Instead of sitting on the couch watching tv together, do a little in-home workout. It’s a way to bond together and break a sweat at the same time!
- Keep Track of What You Eat/Drink
When you log a journal of what you eat and drink, you become more aware of what you are putting in your body. Keeping a journal (in your phone, computer, piece of paper, etc) helps you monitor what you’re eating and how much. This is also a reminder that liquid calories add up. Make sure you keep track of how much you’re drinking along with what you’re eating (whether this is eggnog and hot chocolate, or an alcoholic beverage), because these drinks will add up. Even though it’s okay to indulge in good holiday food over break, this just makes it easier to see when you’re REALLY overdoing it.
- In-Home Workouts
When I was in high school, I would workout in the snow and freeeeezing cold! I wish I knew I could do an in-home workout and actually make it effective. Now, I workout at home ALL the time because I mastered in-home workouts:) Sometimes in-home workouts are all I do during the week! I have lots of videos on my site that you can do in your living room or bedroom, and I have a whole e-book dedicated to in home workouts!!
- Water Water Waterrrrrrrr
BIGGGGG glasses of water!! Sometimes, we mistake thirst for hunger! When you drink lots of water, you won’t overeat as much. I especially like to drink a big glass of water right before a big meal!
- Holiday Party Food Tips
When you go to a holiday party, try to stay out of the “food table” room. I always stand right next to the food table, tasting and trying the different dishes, and sometimes don’t realize how much I eat!! Don’t tempt yourself. Another secret avoid overindulging at holiday parties is making sure you eat a protein-packed snack beforehand. That way you won’t be starving by the time you arrive and will make better choices.
BONUS: Here are four more tips from last year’s blog!
Don’t skip meals:
This one is huge. I know during the holiday season I tend to eat more because I am always with my giant family (who makes the best and biggest meals ever). Some people will think that if you have a big meal for dinner, they are going to skip breakfast, or if you have a huge lunch you should skip dinner. This is not good! To stay fit you should not skip meals! This only messes with your metabolism. Just make it a lighter meal- but really try to stay on track with having breakfast, lunch and dinner!
Drink hot tea before a meal:
Drinking a cup of green tea will help you digest the big holiday meals you intake!
Layer up when you run:
When I was an athlete, I used to have games in the snow and hail. Yes this was dreadful, but once I found the clothing that kept me warm, I didn’t mind it. Especially because when I started to run, I immediately warmed up. Fresh air is always good for you! (I use Under Armour- best cold gear ever!)
Always keep your goals in your head:
Last but not least, remember how far you’ve come and how much you want to attain your goals. It’s so easy to want to cuddle up on the couch in your bulky, winter clothing. But, focus on all the effort you’ve put in and how good you feel after excercising. Look ahead and realize how happy you will be if you keep up your fitness and nutrition during the winter! Look forward to the warmer months when pool parties are happening! Ambition is everything.