It seems as if the last three months of the year are designed to ruin any progress we’ve made getting in shape. First comes Halloween, sneaking in buckets of candy, and then it’s followed by Thanksgiving and Christmas! Everyone knows the best food comes out for the holidays, but that doesn’t mean all hope is lost. There are several ways to stay in shape, or to start getting in shape for the holidays and here are some tips.
- Don’t give up the good stuff!
I know it’s tempting to just say, “I won’t eat dessert,” or “I’ll cut my carbs back,” but the holidays are centered around meals. Don’t deprive yourself of something you like; instead, enjoy all the foods you like, but enjoy them after working out.
- Drink more water
This one is important. It’ll help to keep you hydrated, as well as keep your stomach full.
- Use apps
There are several apps on the market that are literally designed to make things easier for you. Get a meal and activity tracker to help you keep up with all you’ve eaten, or done throughout the day. Just monitoring what you do helps with changing certain habits.
- Give yourself a goal
Look up something to keep you motivated throughout the holidays. While running might not be everyone’s cup of tea, there are so many different marathons or charity walks you can sign up for; you could even strive towards new yoga poses, or weight training you’ve been intimidated by.
- Go outside
While the holiday months are cold, and it’s far more relaxing to stay inside by the fire, go enjoy the crisp air, go on walks, rake leaves, or even join a kickball league. Any sort of movement is beneficial towards staying in shape, so take some time outside to kickstart yourself.
- Healthy alternatives to some dishes
Family favorites are hard to turn down – look up some healthy alternatives for ingredients or meal replacements. You can still have delicious food with half the bad stuff.
- Remember portion control
We’ve all been victim to, “I’m just going to have a little bit more of…” Remember to keep track of your portions, and you can still have all the fixin’s with none of the guilt.
Exercising is hard during the holidays, but it’s a necessary evil for getting in shape. A big motivator is to sign up for classes, or find a buddy, you’ll be less likely to bail.
- Include others
Similar to finding an exercise buddy, do things with the family. Be active with family walks, touch football, family softball games, or anything that you can think of that will keep you active and involved with others.
Breathe. Getting in shape during the holidays is difficult, but not impossible. Remember that you’re doing the best you can, and don’t stress yourself out. The holidays are also meant to be enjoyed, so allow yourself some leeway.