The holidays are an exciting time to enjoy friends, family, festivities, and food. And, contrary to popular belief, you can do it all while staying healthy & fit!
You’ve got two choices: avoid it all or use the season to your advantage! It would definitely be more fun (and a lot less lonely) to make the holidays work for your fitness goals.
Luckily, those pounds and “blah” feelings can be avoided through mindful eating and staying active using a few simple strategies.
- Make exercise a commitment. During this time of the year, choose an exercise routine that involves group fitness workouts like those offered by DEFINE. When you choose something that requires you to register, like a D E F I N E class, and treat it like you would any other commitment, it will help you stay accountable.
- Exercise early in the day. Especially on days when you know you’re going to be busy. Get your workout in early so you won’t have to worry about it later on. Staying in a routine will mean it’s not as hard to get back on track after the holidays, so there is no need to make it a resolution for the New Year. We know those don’t last!
- Share Socially. Using social media as a way to share your goals, track your progress, and have a little bit of fun with the whole process. Check in, take selfies, & tweet it out. Let your friends know your plans and you’ll be likely to garner support and positivity. Going back through your posts will also remind you to keep up with your goals and progress.
- Enjoy in moderation. Don’t deprive yourself. You’ll only be frustrated and more likely to overeat later. Plan which extravagant holiday treat you’ll indulge in ahead of time and that way you can enjoy one thing you really love without going overboard. It helps if you have healthy snacks on hand. When you eat a healthy, satiating snack before going to parties, you’ll be less likely to snack mindlessly or overeat at meal time. Another option is to create healthy versions of your favorite treats with D E F I N E foods ingredients to bring along and share with everyone.
- Just say NO sometimes. Remember that you don’t have to accept every holiday treat that comes your way. Practicing moderation by only indulging every now and then will help keep your nutrition and diet goals on track.
- Relax and get your zen. Get into a ‘Stress-Free Zone.’ Spend at least 10-20 minutes every day doing something that relaxes you. At D E F I N E we offer meditation, yoga, & mind classes, which are a perfect way to escape, refresh, & renew.
- Keep the focus on holiday fun, not food. Most holidays are associated with certain foods. Christmas at your house might not be the same without your mom’s delicious sugar cookies, but that doesn’t mean food has to be the main focus. Instead, focus on other holiday activities, like chopping your own tree down, power walking in the mall while you shop, caroling in the neighborhood, or spreading holiday cheer while strolling around your community.
- Stock the freezer with healthy meals. Everyone’s overly busy during the holidays, and most of us want to spend our time shopping, decorating, or seeing friends and family, which leaves less time to cook healthy meals. Prepare by cooking healthy meals intended specifically for the freezer. You’ll be thankful later when you can pop one of the meals into the oven or microwave and turn your attention on other holiday fun.
- Toast the new year with just one glass of bubbly. You may be celebrating, but that doesn’t mean that you have to overdo it. Alcohol contains a lot of calories! What’s more, alcohol breaks down your inhibitions and judgment, which makes you that much more likely to indulge in junk foods that you would otherwise be able to pass up. Not to mention, waking up embarrassed or stricken with a hangover that puts you out of commission.
- So in closing, it’s important to make the change! The habit: Stay physically active during the holidays. The result: Feeling better, staying relaxed & gaining less weight.