HOW TO STAY ON TRACK DURING THE HOLIDAYS
BY JANELLE HILL
The holidays can be an absolutely magical time. We get to spend quality time with our families, have time off work or school and take relaxation to the next level. This is a time to unwind and give your mind and body the rest that it ultimately craves. Along with this, you can get to a point where you indulge just a little bit too much on yummy foods or wine; maybe even blowing your entire yearly resolutions in just 2 weeks flat! In order to finish off your year strong with accomplishing those weight loss resolutions, I have a few tips to help you stay on track but also enjoy the time you have to spend!
MAKE A PLAN
The first and one of the most important tips is to plan out your days. You most likely are aware ahead of time when you have family dinners and where you will be and when. If you set aside 2-3 hours to get a workout in a few days during your break, you will feel better overall. There’s nothing worse than having a huge turkey dinner, laying on the couch in a food coma, then going to bed to do it all over again the next day. Instead, after dinner you could organize some outdoor activities like skating or tobogganing. Even taking your dog for a walk (as they are most likely eating extra treats at this time of year as well) to enjoy the quietness of the streets during the holiday season. Having that time set to get your blood pumping will give you have you feeling better mentally and physically about eating treats and huge meals.
HYDRATION IS KEY
My next tip is to stay hydrated over these hectic days. It seems like such a simple thing but it is definitely something most people forget. We’re all extremely busy with holiday events, driving around town, drinking alcohol, or eating foods we usually don’t and staying hydrated often takes a back seat. Getting hydrated will flush your body of toxins, keep you energized, and can even help you avoid a headache or two.
The third holiday tip is to learn how to say NO! Having your goal in mind, knowing you probably don’t need those 5 extra sugar cookies or another glass of wine will be more beneficial than you think! Sure, you don’t get another treat in the moment, but I think you’ll be able to carry on without it. Thinking about the bigger picture of your fitness goals rather than what you feel in the moment is really key to surviving those holiday cravings.
Although my last tip was all about saying no to extra treats, of course it’s okay to indulge in all that Christmas has to offer! Life is all about balance and it is next to impossible to avoid treating yourself at some point. One too many pieces of cheesecake one night is not going to make you blow up like a balloon, so don’t worry about “blowing it”. If that habit continues for more than 7 days… that’s another story. But think of it this way, for the most part, it takes a while to add on an extra 20LBs so eating bad for 72 hours probably will not do much other than give you a stomach ache. So, don’t worry, life is too short not to try every food possible during the holidays!
My last and final tip is to stay positive about your fitness journey. Like I said previously, chances are you’ll only get a stomach ache at this time of year, not gain 50 unwanted pounds. Just make sure to keep your goal in mind going into the holidays and don’t be hard on yourself! It’s OKAY TO EAT SWEETS. If you can’t make time to get active one or two days in a row it’s okay. The holidays should be a joyful time and make you excited to start your next yearly new years resolutions! So, stay positive and enjoy the time you have with your loved ones. Just remember tomorrow is a new and exciting day to live your best lifestyle!