It may be the most wonderful time of the year, but it can also be the most tempting in terms of slacking on your fitness goals. As hard as it may seem, it is possible to stay fit and trim even in the face of your favorite holiday treats.
Keep yourself merry and tight this season by following these tips.
Be activity driven
The holidays don’t have to be sedentary. Sure, it’s nice to sit around a warm crackling fire bonding, but there are also plenty of opportunities to sneak movement into holiday traditions. Burn calories while picking out a tree at an outdoor farm, or string holiday lights with loved ones outside. Can you walk to your temple or church for holiday services? Even powerwalking at the mall while shopping for last minute gifts can keep you moving and less prone to extra pounds.
Make time for your workouts
It can be so challenging to fit your workouts into this hectic season. Remember that you can give most to others when you’re taking care of yourself. Being committed to your fitness goals is not selfish. When you feel guilty for hitting up your favorite fitness machine instead of crossing off one more to-do, remind yourself that being fit not only gives you happiness, it gives your loved ones a healthier mom, dad, sister, brother, daughter, son, etc.
Look for winter fitness challenges
Most towns have a “Turkey Trot” or a Thanksgiving day race. It’s not uncommon for other fun themed runs to pop up. Check your local newspaper or event website to see if there’s a race or activity in your area. Go with friends or family members. Dress up and get in the spirit of the season.
Be mindful when eating
You’re not going to be able to avoid holiday food all together, and why would you want to? Just be smart. Substitute ingredients when you’re cooking and cut out calories when you can. Employ subtle techniques, like drinking a full glass of water before you eat. Watch portions, and don’t graze if you’re at a holiday party. Instead, make a plate and remember why you put in so many hours at the gym or on your home machine.
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What are your favorite ways to stay fit during the holiday season?