It’s already November (how did that happen?!) so that means the holiday season is upon us! Between holiday parties, shopping, delicious food and treats, it’s super easy to fall off the fitness wagon. I know that I have certainly been guilty of this in the past, but not this year! Check out my tips below on how to stay fit through the holidays.
Meal Prepping is Your Friend
This is great way to stay on track with your fitness goals in general, but especially during the holiday season! Because we all tend to be super busy during the holidays it’s easy to get take out or order food for delivery. While this is convenient, it’s a sure way to pack on a few pounds when you mix this with attending holiday parties and indulging in yummy desserts. By prepping your meals for the week, you’ll help to ensure that you stay on track when it comes to eating. It’s one way to control your meals, especially when you sugar cookies somehow make it to your desk at work 🙂
Partying? Bring a Healthy Food Option
There comes a certain point in the holiday season where it feels like EVERYONE you know is having a holiday party. I have a friends that attended a holiday party every day for a week. Can you imagine seven days of parties in a row?! All those parties are a great opportunity to have fun and connect with friends/family…but all the food and alcohol can be bad for your waistline. To avoid this, offer to bring a healthy option to a holiday party. This could be a fruit or veggie platter, chips and hummus or a low-calorie drink option. You can “fill up” on your dish and keep the ‘naughty’ foods to a minimum!
Schedule Your Workouts
I’m at my best when I have a schedule, especially when it comes to workouts. My tip is to look one week ahead, especially during the holidays. On Sundays, take some time to pencil in your workouts. For example, if you know you have to attend your child’s holiday play after work, maybe you get in a quick 30 minute workout in the morning. It’s all about being flexible and getting in your workouts when you have the time!
Sometimes we can confuse hunger with thirst. Eliminate mindless snacking by staying hydrated everyday. One way I accomplish this is by having water bottle everywhere. i keep one at my desk at work and refill it throughout the day. Sometimes I keep one in my car if I know I’ll be running a lot of errands that day. I also keep one on my gym bag as well. It’s always easy to stay hydrated when you keep water within arms reach!
Work in Fitness Where You Can
This is an easy one! Try to fit in fitness where you can. When you’re shopping, park far away from the store entrance to get in those extra steps. Need to go grocery shopping? Only take two bags out of the car at one time when you get home. Get in some extra steps, and maybe some extra weight training as well. Stuck late at the office? Speed walk a few laps around your floor, stand up and do some squats, or do arm dips on your office chair. Stuck at the airport waiting for a flight? Do a few jumping jacks to get your body moving. Sometimes quick workouts such as these can do your body a world of good, and help lower your stress level.
I hope that these tips have been helpful. Remember, the holidays are all about fun, family and friends, so make sure you enjoy them!