Whatever you are celebrating this December, the holidays are a time to unwind, relax and celebrate festive traditions. All of this combined can create an endless to-do-list and a multitude of social events.
But let’s not forget that this time of year is supposed to be a time where you enjoy comfort foods. You tend to relax a bit more than usual and share the happiness of the holiday season with your loved ones.
Fun Fact: you can stay on track with your health and fitness goals AND be a real person who drinks wine, eats the cookies, and ditches the gym for a long weekend or two.
Here are 5 tips to help you maintain your healthy routine and stay on track this holiday season.
1. Be Realistic and Adjust your Routine if necessary
Staying consistent is the foundation of a solid fitness routine and the holidays are a time to take your routine to the test. Be realistic with yourself regarding workout time. If the added social events and traditions are going to affect your workout routine then perhaps you need to adjust your time or frequency?? Try to get your workout in early, this way if something comes up after work or in life, you won’t have to feel guilty about skipping your sweat session. If you aren’t a morning person, you can try to squeeze in a workout on your lunch break – I’ve done this many times. After all, a short workout is better than no workout at all!
2. Don’t arrive on an empty stomach
Don’t skip breakfast or lunch just so you can splurge at a holiday event. Instead, have a lean and protein-rich breakfast and lunch to help manage your hunger before your outing. Chances are, you will be more likely to meet your fat and carb requirements but fall short on protein during your holiday celebration. Plus, if you leave on an empty stomach, it will be hard to avoid being ravenous and overeating.
3. Focus on the people, not on the food
That’s what parties during the holidays are all about anyways, right? Enjoy the time you have with your family and friends, the conversations, and the time of year.
Don’t waste your indulgences on the things you don’t really love, save them for the things you DO! The holidays only come around once a year so have one of grandma’s famous holiday cookies, or your mom’s butter tarts! But avoid mindlessly snacking on foods that aren’t special to this time of year. Love egg-nog? Then have some!!!
4. Get lots of sleep
The multitude of social events and endless to-do-lists can make this one challenging. But let’s not forget we are in Cold and Flu season, and nobody wants to be sick over the holidays.
It’s important to find balance in the holiday and your goals so you end the night with a “Yeees!!—I had the best time and enjoyed every bite of my food” rather than punishing yourself with unnecessary food guilt. At the end of the day, you deserve to treat yourself and have a good time. And you don’t have to sacrifice your goals to do that.
True results come from the effort you put in the day-to-day, throughout the year. One holiday or meal is not going to make or break you but the consistency you have day-to-day will yield true results. Remember the holiday season is meant to be enjoyed!
Contributing Author Company Profile:
Venus Fitness and Lifestyle is a health and wellness company based out of Richmond, B.C. that offers Personal Training, Group Fitness, and Corporate Fitness services throughout the community. In addition to health and wellness services, Venus Fitness is also a 2018 #WMTop30 blog, focused around balancing Fitness, Family, and Fun. Venus Fitness’s mission is to encourage and support a healthy balanced lifestyle. Fitness is the seed from which a healthy lifestyle grows. However without dedication, hard work, perseverance, and healthy choices both nutritionally, mentally and socially this can be hard to maintain… that is where Family and Fun come in.
Shannon Sawicki founded the company in 2007 with the support of The Great Little Box Company’s very own CEO, and award-winning entrepreneur, Robert Meggy. Shannon has been able to grow her services and digital offerings creating an impressive health and lifestyle platform. Shannon’s commitment and enthusiasm to healthy living, coupled with her devotion to family is what drives Venus Fitness making her a hardworking fitness leader, inspiring health and lifestyle advocate and the GLBC resident fitness guru.
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