Let’s face it. It can be a cumbersome challenge for all of us to focus on staying fit during the holiday months. Between the decadent foods and drinks, it can be almost impossible to say no to over-indulging at parties and gatherings.
Fortunately, I’m here to help you today with 5 great tips on how to stay fit and healthy during the holidays, while still enjoying all of the fun festivities.
How to Stay Fit and Healthy During the Holidays
Staying fit and healthy during the holiday months doesn’t have to be hard, but these five steps are definitely some things that you need to keep in mind in order to stay on track with your health and fitness goals.
Establish & Maintain a Workout Routine
Most people wait until after the New Years to start a workout routine, but why wait? Establishing a workout routine can be difficult at first, but focusing on creating a consistent schedule is crucial.
Begin by working out once or twice a week and build up to 3-4 days as you establish more of a routine. I would also recommend working out in the mornings to avoid missing a workout due to scheduled evening events. Working out will help you feel better about eating holiday dinners and will help you work off any stress that you may have.
I highly recommend Popsugar Fitness Workouts, as they offer workouts to fit every schedule and level of fitness, and you can workout in the comfort and privacy of your own home. My current workout this week is this 20 Minute 200 Calorie Blaster Workout.
Don’t Deprive Yourself
Most people get it in their head that when it comes to holiday foods it’s all or nothing. This is the wrong mentality to have and you shouldn’t deprive yourself from enjoying special holiday meals or desserts.
In avoiding eating all foods, you are setting yourself up for disappointment and it is inevitable that you will eventually cave in and end up overeating.
Instead, go ahead and allow yourself treats every now and then, that way you won’t feel deprived and you will still be able to delight in eating mom’s famous cookies.
Now that I’ve told you not to deprive yourself, I also want to stress the importance of not over doing it with the holiday foods and drinks.
It can be tempting to want to go back for seconds, and even thirds when you “only eat it once a year”, but overindulging will only result in you feeling lousy and regretful for overeating.
Nothing is worth getting sick over, so make sure you take it easy on the desserts and drinks to avoid feeling nauseous later. Remember, everything in moderation is key.
Staying hydrated is something that everyone should be mindful of year-round, but drinking plenty of fluids during the holidays can really help you keep your energy levels up.
Drinking water will also help you flush out any unwanted toxins from your body. Aim to drink at least 5 or more 8 oz. glasses of water a day to stay feeling your best.
Get Plenty of Rest
Last but certainly not least, I cannot emphasize enough the importance of getting proper sleep and rest. Most people will go to more holiday parties, dinners, and gatherings during the last two months of the year, than they do throughout the entire year, and this can be both physically and mentally exhausting.
In order to keep your spirits up and to avoid being cranky at your family dinner, get plenty of sleep and try to schedule periods of downtime as well. I recommend getting at least 6-8 hours a night, or more if possible.
Here’s to wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season, and I hope that these tips will help you enjoy this time of year, while successfully staying on track with your fitness goals.
Thanks for stopping by! -Cara