It’s hard to stick to a nutrition and fitness plan when the holidays come around each year. The food, the drinks, the merriment.
…sometimes a little too much merriment.
So we developed a five-point guide that’s easy to remember, easy to stick to, and will help you keep off the holiday pounds while staying energized each day. (And you don’t have to forego all the merriment!)
1. Eat Before You Head Out For a Holiday Party
Make sure that if you’re heading into a merry gathering, it’s not on an empty stomach. It doesn’t take long before you find yourself by the hors d’oeuvres table, sampling a little too much and regretting it later. So fix yourself a healthy meal beforehand that will keep you happy and satisfied for the first few hours of the party. That way, you can approach your snacking choices with a clearer perspective later on.
2. Drink Water In Between Every Adult Beverage
Chances are you’ll be wanting to enjoy a few adult beverages at your next holiday party… if you’re an adult, that is. Be sure you space them out. Drinking a glass of water in an excellent way of doing just that - and it will help you flush your system and stay more on the sober side. No need to be wearing lampshades this year. (But that’s just our opinion!)
3. Schedule Your Workouts In Advance
The holidays get hectic. Before you know it, your schedule is going to be filled up with family events and friendly get-togethers. So prioritize exercise. Write down a schedule of when you’re getting your workout in and stick to it. Put it down on a calendar or create a series of alarms on your phone. Your best bet? Get it done in the morning. That way (a) you’re getting it out of the way and don’t have to worry about it later on, and (b) you’re burning more calories over the course of the day.
4. Minimize Your Liquid Calories
This one goes for any time of year, but especially around the holidays. We’re drinking a lot of wine around this time of year, a lot of craft beers, hot toddies, egg nog, etc. And those tasty beverages come with a decent amount of calories. Avoid the heavier drinks when possible, and see bullet point #3 above. Water is your best friend this time of year!
5. Start a Fitness Tradition
It’s hard to go a weekend without seeing a 5k advertisement sign here or there, even as the days get colder. Whether it’s for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Years, you can often find an organized run that you can join in on. So why not make it a part of your holiday tradition and get your family and friends involved? If they’re not running it with you, they can always come out and support while drinking their hot toddy from a thermos. (For that, make sure you show them bullet point #3 above)
How are you sticking to your routine around the holidays? Leave us a comment below and let us know if there's anything else you would do!
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