The holidays are supposed to be the happiest time of the year, right? Then why do we feel like they are trying to sabotage our fit and healthy lifestyle? Between increased stress, busier schedules, and way too much delicious food and drink...it's a wonder we survive at all! Don't worry, we've got some simple tips to keep you in check.
So Much To Do, So Little Time
With all of the extra social gatherings on your schedule this month, the first thing to get erased from that calendar is usually your workouts. Use these strategies to make sure you get it in. Your body and mind will thank you.
- Book your workouts in advance. Extra credit if you book your workouts through the entire month. Once those workouts are on the books, you'll be more likely to stick to them.
- Work out in the morning. Get it done early and you're less likely to make excuses or have a conflict with evening plans.
- While you're shopping for presents, treat yourself to a new piece of workout gear for added motivation. You know you're gonna want to wear that new tank or leggings to class where everyone can see them!
- Plan to workout with friends and family. You'll get to share the holiday spirit while getting your sweat sesh in!
There's cookies at the office and endless parties. Delicious food is everywhere! It can be really hard to say no. Like really hard.
- Eat some healthy protein and drink lots of water before every party. It'll be easier not to chow down on bad food if you're not starving.
- If you're faced with a buffet, pick a salad plate over a dinner plate and load it up with proteins instead of carbs.
- Only eat it if you really, really want it. If your favorite thing ever is fruit cake. Do you. Just try not to eat the WHOLE cake and don't eat all the other goodies you don't really love.
Who doesn't love a little holiday cheer in a glass? If your downfall is the open bar at the company holiday party, we've got some help for you.
- Have a glass of water between each alcoholic drink. You'll stay hydrated and save calories.
- Avoid sugary drinks. Stick to wine and mixed drinks with low-calorie mixers.
- Take that conversation away from the bar. Don't even tempt yourself. Put as much distance between you and the bar as you can. You'll have to make an effort to get that next drink.
Life can get a little crazy during the holidays, which means more stress and less time to deal with it all. Here's a few tips to help you cope.
- Get up a few minutes earlier so you have a little extra time to yourself and you'll start your day a little calmer.
- Again, schedule those workouts and make sure you do them. Trust us, you'll feel better physically and mentally.
- Load up on some stress-busting foods rich in Vitamin C and omega-3 fatty acids. Snack on a handful of almonds, add some simply grilled salmon and avocado (both rich in omega-3s) to your salad, and steam some broccoli. One cup of cooked broccoli has twice as much vitamin C as a medium orange!