How to Stay on Track During the Holidays
Can you believe it’s the middle of December already? Seriously, WHERE does time go? The holidays are coming up and it’s one of my favorite times of the year! So much celebrating, spending time with family and friends, parties and FOOD! Do you find it tough to stay on track with workouts and healthy eating? Don’t worry, most of us do, but I’m going to share with you some tips that help me stay on track during this time of year. These will help you enjoy the holidays, while still maintaining a healthy and balanced lifestyle.
(Me this weekend at the CA Academy of Sciences after YOLOing with my fam!)
First, let’s talk food – because that’s what the holidays are about, right?
Well, not really. It’s not JUST about food. Sometimes I think we get too caught up and make the holidays an excuse to go crazy on all the yummy treats. Instead, focus your attention on what this time of year is really about – spending time with loved ones, caring for others, showing gratitude and simply living in the moment. If you think too much about food, you’ll end up overindulging on everything and probably regret it later. So what do you do instead? Here are my tips. #1. Allow yourself treats in moderation. Enjoy the flavors of the season, have your dessert, but don’t eat so much that you have a “food baby” after. Don’t deprive yourself, but don’t overindulge – find the balance. #2. When attending holiday parties, do NOT go on an empty stomach! This will lead to binging on all sorts of food (probably the ones that won’t make you feel so good). Instead, eat some veggies and lean protein before the event. Then go, grab some treats that look good to you, but listen to your body. Stop eating when you’re full. Also, remember that you’re allowed to say “no” when offered food. It’s okay to turn down seconds if you’re satisfied. #3. Drink up! Water that is. This time of year we’re so busy with running errands, stress from work, school, traveling, etc. It’s easy to get dehydrated without even realizing it. Drinking water is also important after those large meals, and the next morning. This will help get all that extra sodium out of your body and you’ll feel less bloated. Rule for water…Try to carry a water bottle with you at all times. Aim to drink at least 9 cups of water a day. These Blogilates Designs water timer bottles are PERFECT to help you reach your water goals. Also, check out my detox water recipes to add some flavor and extra vitamins and minerals to boost your metabolism and help flush out fat!Now, let’s talk fitness. During the holidays we can think of a million excuses to skip our workouts, but don’t let your excuses get the best of you! Instead, plan ahead! #4. Schedule your workouts just like you would schedule anything else. Make a plan that fits with your holiday schedule and COMMIT to it. If you plan it, then you won’t have the excuse “I don’t have time”. Even if it’s a 30-minute workout, make it happen! Something is better than nothing. #5. Make it a family affair! What better way to stay fit and active than getting your family to join in! Have they ever tried a Blogilates workout before? Imagine how fun it would be to do the Call Me Maybe Mighty Squat Challenge with your fam!