With the holidays coming up, it's tempting to stop exercising altogether and just throw in the towel until January. However, this only makes things harder to get back in the game once the new year rolls around. Don't stop the momentum you've gained by working out and eating right; tailor your workouts around the holidays and adjust them so you're still getting your exercise in. You can still enjoy your holiday meals and treats though. Avoid the dreaded holiday weight gain this season, and start the New Year off with a bang!
How to Fit in Workouts during the Holidays
If your calendar is jam packed with a travel itinerary that takes you away from your gym, your personal trainer, or your home elliptical machine, get creative with your workouts instead of giving up on them all together. Most hotels have fitness centers, and some gyms offer a daily membership where you can grab a quick workout in between business meetings or family events.
There are many ways to exercise on the go, too. Consider throwing a band into your bag for basic workouts, or go the traditional route and hit the floor for some push ups or sit ups while you're away from home.
But what about the turkey, pumpkin pie, eggnog, and mashed potatoes? Then there’s the dressing and sweet potato casserole, and of course, the Christmas cookies! Consider a plan for the holiday buffet table and stick to it. There's no reason to go overboard, but you can still enjoy yourself and stick to a healthy eating plan. Portion control is the secret to keeping trim over the holiday season. Don't hit the buffet more than once, and always use the smallest plate possible to limit portions.
Another tip to try is before you head to a holiday soiree, or office party is drink some water, nibble some raw veggies, and try to put something in your belly so you won't load up on high calorie food once you're there. Many people don't think about liquid calories, but each glass of wine or cocktail makes a difference. Keep alcoholic drinks to a minimum and sip water the rest of the time. After you eat, don't sit down immediately for a post-turkey nap. Before the tryptophan kicks in, head out with your family or friends for a brisk walk to get your energy up and burn some of that meal off.
Prepare for the big meal by sticking to your workout as best you can leading up to the holidays, then jump right back into it when the big day is over. If you can't get to the gym, a walk, dance party with your kids, or even some housework can burn calories.
A Personal Trainer Who Will Stick with You
If you feel you are falling off the wagon during the holidays, get in touch with me, Ralph Roberts. I’m a personal trainer at the Downtown Athletic Club in Amarillo, Texas, and have years of experience in athletics and health. I can help you come up with a plan of attack for the holidays so all your hard work doesn't go to waste once the turkey's gone. Contact me today to set up an appointment.
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