…about your fitness goals!
Just because we're approaching the holiday season, it doesn’t mean that your fitness goals no longer matter. In fact, if you lose sight of your health and fitness goals entirely this season, you’ll have even more to deal with come the new year. The average American gains 8 lbs during the holiday season, not to mention the stress, skipped workouts and over consumption of sugar that effects your energy, mood and health. I have a better idea for you…let’s keep you focused on your fitness goals while still making room for some fun this holiday season. This means that you’ll learn how to indulge with self-control. While that may sound like an oxymoron, it IS possible to let loose and enjoy the festivities without throwing away the results that you’ve worked so hard for. Here’s how to stay fit this holiday season:
✅ Holiday Fitness Tip #1: It’s All About Moderation Don’t try to deprive yourself of the special foods you love, this is unrealistic. Instead, be selective about what you choose to eat. Enjoy your very favorite foods of the season, but in moderation. Trim calories at holiday meals by only eating those seasonal foods that you really enjoy, and don't waste your calories on the stuff that's not special. (The chips and dips, cheese ball, and salted nuts come to mind!) Also, be sure to limit the number of alcoholic beverages you drink. These drinks are typically filled with tons of sugary calories. Try alternating an alcoholic drink with a non-alcoholic drink like sparkling water. ✅ Holiday Fitness Tip #2: Fiber is Your Friend Here’s a simple tip that most people overlook when loading up their plates at holiday gatherings…fill up on fiber first. You see, if you are eating a plate that’s mostly fibrous vegetables and greens, leaving only a moderate amount of room for the dishes full of fats and carbs, then your net calorie intake for the meal will be dramatically lower than if you had eaten more of the rich carb and fat dishes. While this tip is super effective during the holidays, it’s also a technique that you can carry with you throughout the rest of the year to stay lean while still indulging in what you love. The key is to eat less of the rich, fattening foods and more of the lower calorie, high fiber foods. And of course, stay hydrated by consuming 3-4 quarts of water daily.
✅ Holiday Fitness Tip #3: Exercise is a MUST
Many people let their workouts go to the wayside during the busy holiday weeks, but it's important to keep your workouts a priority. I know it’s harder to get your workouts in with the business of the season, but that act of lacing up your shoes, sweating, and getting the endorphins flowing makes a huge impact on your overall fitness and well-being.
Not only are you burning calories and stoking your metabolism, but by exercising daily you are keeping fitness at the forefront of your mind. It may sound like a small thing, but moving your body intentionally reinforces your fitness goals, and this small act will help you make better decisions throughout the rest of your day.
All of these small efforts add up and you can do them all without sacrificing the fun or the flavors of the season. You can do this!
I am passionate about seeing my clients achieve results—and maintaining those results throughout the holiday season and beyond. Call or email today to discuss your goals and a plan that will get you there, even during the holidays.