The holiday season is filled with tons of parties and events with family, friends or coworkers, which tend to include alcohol, high-calorie foods and desserts that you normally would not indulge in. This is the time of the year when many tend to skip out on a workout or healthy choices in an attempt to make it to social gatherings or to be with their families. To help you get through this hectic time of year, here are some helpful tips on how to stay on track of your fitness goals during the holiday season.
Tips for Staying on Top of Your Health and Fitness Goals through the Holidays
- Make Fitness a Routine. If you do not already have a fitness routine, consider creating one specifically for the holiday season. Your routine should include the time of day that you exercise and the exercises you plan to do. Your routine does not have to be a complicated one; it just needs to be a sound routine that will help you stay on track.
- Exercise Early, Not Later. Pushing your workout off until later in the day is a way to set yourself up for failure. Consider hitting the gym earlier in the day before any plans are changed. This will prevent you from skipping out later in the day when something comes up.
- Healthy Eating. Your parties are likely to have desserts, cakes, pies, alcohol, and sugary beverages. While they are okay to have in moderation, they are not something you should be consuming party after party for an entire month. When you are invited to a party, you should offer to bring something that is healthy and tasty. You can make healthy desserts at home using sugar substitutes, almond flour, and other alternatives to meet your health goals.
- Don’t Skip a Meal. Some may skip meals so they can eat whatever they want at a party. This is not wise nor is it something that will help your health goals. Skipping meals in order to eat overly sugary and highly-caloric treats can not only cause you to severely overeat, it can also damage your blood sugar levels by causing insulin resistance. If you know you will be at a party for dinner over the holidays, consider having small snacks beforehand and eat in moderation at the party.
- Wait 20 Minutes Before you Have Seconds. One of the best ways to prevent having the pounds tack on over the holidays is to avoid overeating. Sounds easy, right? The truth is, overeating is something we have all done and usually occurs when we have second helpings so quickly that the body doesn’t have enough time to signal the brain that it has had enough. Wait 20 minutes before having seconds and if you are still hungry at the 20-minute mark, go for another helping.
- Mark it in Your Calendar. Whether you use a day planner, phone calendar, or wall calendar, consider writing the time on every day when you plan to exercise. Not all workouts need to be an hour-long, gut-wrenching workout, but plan for at least 30 minutes every day and do not make any excuses (if you can). This reinforces that your goals are a major priority in your life and it shows that you are not going to let anything get in the way.
Challenge for the Holidays
Now that the holidays are upon us, it is crucial to stay on top of your health and fitness goals so that you can enter the New Year strong. Throughout the month of December, use the tips above to stay motivated to get the recommended amount of physical activity and make wise food choices.
References http://abcnews.go.com/Lifestyle/tips-staying-fit-holidays/story?id=21008444  http://www.webmd.com/diet/how-to-get-through-the-holidays?page=4