With the holidays come so many good things: Family time, Christmas shopping, hot cocoa and warm fires. But with all of those delicious treats and time spent lounging on the couch watching reruns of ‘A Christmas Story’, staying fit gets pushed to the sidelines quite easily. So, take a look at the list we’ve created below to keep yourself healthy and make time to stay fit during the holiday season!
Do you travel for the holidays? From sitting in an airport to riding the bus to driving up the coast, if you travel, you’ll probably be doing a lot of sitting, and less exercise. So plan ahead. If you know you will be travelling, schedule your routine with your travel times in mind. Amp up your fitness before and after travel, and be proactive. Starting a schedule for your exercise routine will make it so you dedicate time to your work out. (Tip: write in pen!)
Enjoy in Moderation
There are always so many yummy appetizers and desserts. Don’t try and skip out, it’s not really possible –especially with your moms cooking. Instead, try those tasty crab cakes and really savor the flavor… Instead of going back for a 4th.
Don’t be ‘Too Busy’ to Exercise
The holidays can make you crazy –from shopping to baking to finding the perfect outfit to wear to the Christmas party at work, we all have less time around the holidays. But that doesn’t mean you should cut out exercise. Instead, try an early morning workout. It will keep you in your routine, instead of having to make it your new years resolution.. The Fitness Barre has classes starting at 515AM so you can fit your work out in –no matter your schedule!
Instead of bringing your famous cheesecake, bring a garlic-herb dip with fresh vegetables. That way you can snack healthily, and everyone else can too. Spread health! (And who doesn’t love a good vegetable dip?!) Click here for a list of Healthy Dips and Spreads.
Start Healthy Traditions
Is your family tradition to watch ‘A Christmas Story’ 3 times in a row? It is a classic, but…. Maybe it’s time to start a new, more active tradition. Perhaps taking a nice long walk after breakfast, having a snowball fight with the kids, or going skiing. Turn you holiday tradition into one that doubles as exercise, and motivate the whole family while having fun!
The Holidays are a time to celebrate. There are some drinking tips you should keep in mind, especially when it comes to alcoholic holiday drinks. Don’t drink on an empty stomach. Eat something beforehand –nuts, cheese and crackers, etc. to make the alcohol take effect slower. Drinking before eating can also make you hungrier and overeat. Instead of slugging beer, have one and then a water. Try a light beer with a lemon/lime wedge. Avoid salty foods while drinking –they just make you more thirsty!
And lastly, take in the frosty air, family time, and cheer. It really is the most wonderful time of the year! Happy Holidays from everyone at The Fitness Barre.