The holidays are knocking on the door and so are the numerous temptations to give up on your healthy habits. But that doesn't mean you have to give into the temptations. With a little planning you can fully enjoy the holiday spirit without gaining a ton of weight.
Plan Ahead Of Time
Make sure you get rid of the “I don’t have time” excuse during the holidays. Your schedule will be full of holiday parties and family gatherings, so it is important to plan your workout routine ahead of the celebrations. When you plan a workout routine before the holidays start, you won't have an excuse to skip a workout.
Do Your Workouts In The Morning
Training in the morning is a surprisingly effective way of staying fit during the holiday season. As the day progresses, your temptation to just relax and enjoy the tasty festive food will increase. Starting your morning with a healthy breakfast and a good workout will boost your energy and motivation levels and will decrease the craving for unhealthy meals.
I also wear my FitBit to make sure I hit my daily step goal!
Keep A Journal
Write down your daily activities and the food you consume every day during the holidays. The simple act of logging your daily menu and workout routine will make you more accountable. Seeing your achievements in your journal will urge you to keep up the good work.
I like the iPhone app MyFitnessPal its a journal in the palm of your hand to track food, exercise, water and so much more!
Drink Enough Water
Staying hydrated is the key to preserving your good shape during the Christmas celebrations. Drinking enough water is essential to keeping your energy levels high. Plus, you will quench your thirst and feel fuller and will be less likely to overeat or drink excessive amounts of soda.
Have The Party At Your Home
Hosting a party in your home will give you control over the meals and the ingredients used in preparation.
Cooking meals for friends during Christmas can be a bit of a challenge but if you’re adamant about staying fit, that’s one great way to exercise nutritional control. Stick to the ingredients you feel comfortable with and come up with a modern, healthy and enjoyable Christmas meal.
Work Out With Friends
Holidays are a time when you gather to celebrate with your loved ones. So, it is natural for you to prefer the company of your family and friends to the hours spend in the gym. But who says workouts have to be a solitary activity?
You can gather your friends for a fun group workout or make a joyful family event. There are so many opportunities to stay fit while enjoying yourself: you can play a snowball game with the kids, organize a family soccer game or ice skate with your friends. You can also take a long walk outside as well.
Everything In Moderation
Overeating during the holidays is a sure way to lose your energy and good mood. You should eat in moderation to stay joyful and party ready throughout the season. And remember that liquid calories also count so don't overdo the sweet alcoholic beverages and soda drinks.
You'll also like my holiday eating tips, they might just save you a few calories this holiday season!
Enjoy the holiday season, it is always nice to reconnect with old friends and family you haven't seen in ages.