With the holidays right around the corner it’s almost that time of year when we are inundated with every kind of appetizer, huge dinners, and desserts upon desserts. It would come as no surprise that with all of the end of the year celebrating brings the top two New Year’s resolutions; to exercise more and to lose weight.

But, there’s a few tricks you can take into the holiday season that won’t cause you to feel like you’ve sabotaged a whole year of hard work. You CAN have your cake and eat it, too…in moderation of course!

Here are the top Healthy Holiday Habits you need to keep you on track this season:

Don’t give up on exercise! With all of the holiday activities, plan ahead and make sure you allow yourself some “me” time. Even just 30 minutes of walking per day counts. Keep your body moving and incorporate weight training with your personal trainer (at B5 of course!) since more muscle means more calorie burning at rest.

Set up a planned workout schedule for the season with your trainer at B5! This is a great way to keep you accountable, keep your stress level to a minimum, and give you a jumpstart on any New Year’s fitness/health resolutions. Having a trainer customize a workout and nutrition plan for you will prevent you from overindulging throughout the season and keep you consistently moving!

Save only the healthy leftovers! There’s nothing wrong with saving those Turkey Day leftovers providing they are filled with nutritious, wholesome ingredients; turkey breast, sweet potatoes (roasted/baked), green beans (steamed/roasted), brussel sprouts (steamed/roasted), wild rice, and homemade cranberry sauce (aka not the sugary-packed store-bought kind), etc. Your best options will always be the ones without the added sauces, butter, and/or sugars.

Don’t celebrate on an empty stomach! One of the biggest mistakes people make is skipping breakfast and lunch prior to a holiday dinner. You are guaranteed to overeat and overindulge on an empty stomach. You should spend the day prior to a big meal fueling up on whole grains, protein, healthy fats, and fruits and veggies just as you would any other day. You will be more likely to eat smaller portions and not end up wishing you had worn elastic waist pants to the meal.

Don’t be too kind to yourself! You may think, “I worked out today; I deserve a treat since it’s the holidays!” But be aware that most of the time, we overestimate the amount of calories we actually burn. Save the treats for the holiday as it will feel more like a treat and not your 100th cookie of the month.

Watch your alcohol intake! It not only contains lots of calories, which can add up fast, but it also lowers your inhibitions, making it easier to eat whatever tempts you without a second thought. Make up your mind ahead of time to limit yourself to two drinks. Alternating them with glasses of water will slow your alcohol drinking, give you something to hold in your hand and sip, and help you avoid the dreaded next-day hangover.

Drink plenty of water! Water helps to keep you full and satiated and many times, people mistake thirst for hunger. In addition, water will ensure you’re flushing out any toxins and waste you may have taken in while celebrating.

Get some sleep! Besides keeping you healthy (a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that people who slept at least eight hours per night were nearly three times less likely to catch a cold than those who slept less than seven), sleeping will also help moderate the hunger hormone grehlin, which is associated with short sleep duration. Plus, how can you not wake up feeling great after a good night’s sleep?

Contact us and let our experienced personal trainers at B5 help you stay healthy though the holidays!

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