Being idle over the holidays can ruin all your progress. Learning how to stay in shape while still enjoying the holiday season is key!
Plan out your workouts.
Planning out your workouts a month in advance can definitely keep you on track, not only are you committing to putting your health first- but you are less likely not to show up due to any cancellation fees that studio may have. No one wants to spend $20 + on a class they didn’t attend right?
Find a workout buddy.
As the seasons change it’s definitely harder to motivate yourself on those cold mornings. Finding a workout partner might be just what you need! I’ve noticed I tend to work out harder and more often when I have a friend with me. A great way to hold each other accountable is to share your fitness goals with each other. Also you probably won’t bail on your friend if you set up a time to go work out.
It’s so important to stay on track even during the holidays, especially if you have a tendency to not be consistent. Pumpkin pie, stuffing, holiday cookies. There are so many tasty treats just waiting for you at the table. I know it’s all so tempting- trust me I know, I’m drooling right now thinking about it. Here are a few of the strategies I use to eat healthy around the holidays:
1. Eat breakfast
Most important meal of the day! You also won’t overeat during your next meal.
2. Portion control
I don’t know about you but my eyes are definitely bigger than my stomach. Even if I’m full, if I still have food in front of me I will usually eat it. Don’t deprive yourself from your favorite dish, but limit yourself to one serving.
3. Eat slowly
Take your time! When you are at the table and everyone is talking and eating, you’re definitely going to be there for a while. If you finish your food first you’re more likely to get seconds, thirds…
4. Help cook
Make your own dishes to bring that fit your dietary restriction. Almost all of the amazing dishes can be made “healthier”.
Most importantly at the end of the day, remember why you started, don’t let the holiday season tempt you into not exercising-think about all your hard work!
Blog post by Sierra Chantal: www.sierrachantal.com