Surviving the Holiday Season
For many, the holiday season usually means attending multiple events or parties that almost always center around food and drinks. Combine that with the stress this time of the year can bring, and you get a potential recipe for health and fitness disaster. With that in mind, we want to arm you guys with a few tips to help stay on track during the holiday season!
1. First off, I want you to understand that the holiday “season” only includes a few days of actual get-togethers or parties. You do not need to have eggnog and cookies for breakfast just because they are leftover from the weekend festivities! Eat clean the rest of the time and those few parties will not derail you.
2. Stay Hydrated!
Its colder outside, you aren’t sweating as much, and therefore you may not feel as thirsty. On top of that, you may be consuming more coffee and alcohol at this time of the year. This means you need to be drinking more water! You should be drinking water consistently throughout the day, but the most important times to consume water are upon waking, before a meal, before/during/after exercise, and before bed. Aim for at least 0.5 fl oz for every pound of bodyweight.
3. Prioritize healthy food at parties.
Fill up on clean protein, veggies, and fruit first. You will be less likely to binge on junk food if you already had a full healthy meal. If you are unsure about the food selection at a party, you can bring your own healthy dish to share.
4. Make time to exercise throughout each week.
As previously mentioned, the holidays can be a stressful and busy time of the year. Make time to maintain your exercise schedule. This will not only help keep you in shape, but it will also significantly help with stress and keep you more productive the rest of your day. Reduced stress and improved cognitive function from exercise; why wouldn’t you make time for that? Anyone that says they don’t have time to workout needs to re-evaluate their time management and/or priorities. If you get an hour-long workout in 3 times of the week, it is taking up less than 2% of your week… make time for yourself and get in the gym!
5. Enjoy yourself!
Don’t let parties and events add extra stress to your life. You can have a drink, you can have a dessert, just remember portion control. Again, 1 party will not completely derail you. Your health and fitness is the cumulative result of what you do each day