10 Tips for Staying On Track This Holiday Season

Posted: November 22, 2012 in Uncategorized

10 Tips for Staying On Track This Holiday Season

  1. Workout in the morning before your holiday meal!  Planning to go up for seconds and thirds on Thanksgiving?  You might as well have all of that protein and those calories be put to good work!
  2. Speaking of going up for seconds….just don’t!  After you’ve gotten your plate, enjoy the meal, but fight the urge to go back up for more.  This will be easier done if you set your limits beforehand. 
  3. Drink lots of water.  Water will keep you hydrated, help flush your system, and keep you from calorie dense drinks such at soda and alcohol.
  4. Plan some fun activities.  This could be anything from grabbing a few family members to go out for a run/walk/bike ride, or playing with the kids.  Stay active, keep moving, and help to burn off some of those calories you just consumed!
  5. Maintain, not gain.  Be realistic; the holidays are not a great time for losing weight.  However, with a properly laid out plan, and some self control, you can at least avoid adding any weight during the holidays.
  6. Plan time during the week for exercise.  If you are traveling, and might not have access to your usual gym or your trainer, write down your top five favorite exercises to do with the time and equipment you have available.  Then, make time to do them!
  7. Don’t skip meals before holiday dinners.  If you show up to Thanksgiving dinner starving, of course you’re going to over eat!
  8. IF you happen to overeat during one meal, balance it out by eating a bit lighter during the next one.  Don’t worry about the actual holiday meal; it’s what you do between the holidays that count.
  9. Bring your own healthy dish.  A few healthy food options can help to balance out the rest of the meal.
  10. Forewarned is forearmed.  Remember, holidays come at the same time every year!  Plus, if you’ve been working hard all year, giving yourself some time away from the gym isn’t such a bad thing.  Sometimes to avoid burnout, we all need a break every once in a while.

Enjoy the holidays!

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