Don't Let Holiday Eating Derail Your Fitness Program
The time is here for gathering around the holiday table to enjoy plate after plate of stuffing, cranberry sauce, turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese and a piece of pie (or two or three). While there’s nothing wrong with enjoying yourself once or twice a year, you never want holiday eating to derail your fitness progress in the last month of the year! How can you enjoy the holidays to the fullest while fitting in your jeans on January 1st? We're glad you asked.
Always Eat Breakfast
As tired as the saying is, breakfast is still one of the most important meals of the day, and it’s particularly important during the holidays. Instead of skipping breakfast and lunch to “save” calories for dinner, it’s best to stick to a simple, healthy breakfast every day. Many times, skipping breakfast and lunch ends up encouraging you to eat far more than you normally would later in the day. Sticking to a routine also helps to encourage healthy habits during meals when you would typically overindulge.
Drinking enough water is important every day, but it is a major part of keeping fit during the holiday months. Try to drink half of your body weight in ounces every day. Weigh 150 pounds? Drink 75 ounces of water. Water helps to keep bloat off, reduces the impact that high fat or high salt holiday eating will have on your body, and aids you in feeling fuller for longer. When your stomach is full of water and nutritious food, you will be much less tempted by junk food. If you are drinking alcohol during the holidays, you should mix your alcohol with seltzer or ensure you are drinking one glass of water for every glass of alcohol that you consume.
Don't Skip Workout Sessions
Whether you visit the gym or work out at home, do not allow yourself to miss a session! It’s very easy to get off track during the holidays, and forcing yourself to adhere to your workout schedule will help you maintain a disciplined mindset. Think of your workout time or gym time as a non-negotiable, just like spending time with your in-laws. You’ll be happy to get out of the house, and that boost of feel-good endorphins can certainly help to outweigh any nerves you have about entertaining family and friends.
It sounds counterintuitive, but to keep your energy levels high you should also make sure to relax. Whether it’s doing yoga or meditating, a few minutes away from the hustle and bustle can help you to recharge and curb your urges toward unhealthy holiday eating.
Avoid the Holiday Eating Excuse
Don't let the holiday be your excuse for eating or drinking more than you normally would. It's easy to brush off your overindulgence by chalking it up to the holidays. You can "always get back to my regular routine after the holidays are over." The problem with that reasoning is ... maybe you won't. A lot of people get derailed every year by the holiday season that starts with Thanksgiving and runs through the New Year. Some recover their healthier habits. Many don't. It's better not to put yourself in a position of having to make up for holiday eating lapses. You can enjoy your friends and family and the holiday gatherings without going completely off your regime and giving up some or all of your hard-earned gains.
Keep Your Energy Level High
Between the Daylight Savings Time change and the stress of the holiday season, it’s easy to get lethargic and feel less than your energetic self. Put extra effort into keeping your energy level high. Avoid high-sugar treats that will leave you listless after a crash later. Instead, try to stick to a meal schedule as much as possible and choose the healthiest options you can. If you’re easily tempted by carb-loaded, sugar-packed treats when you stop for lunch or a cup of coffee while shopping, bring your own snacks with you.
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If you have questions about your diet and how it connects to your fitness routine, and you'd like to discuss it with a professional, RX Fitness works hundreds of nutritionists, personal trainers and professional coaches. We're happy to refer you to one who can help. If you're looking for a great selection of fitness equipment and accessories, we carry the top brands to fit every goal and budget. And, for some great advice about equipment and accessories, don't forget to check out Tim's best-selling book, Fitness Equipment – A Shopper's Guide, available at Amazon and other online book sellers as well as in our store.
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