Have you ever noticed that the gyms are packed after New Year's? The holidays are typically a time during which many people fall short in the gym and with their diet which often leads to weight gain. And with family obligations, traveling, etc. it's no coincidence that the waistline tends to expand.
The good news: You aren’t destined to gain the holiday pounds. In fact, with proper planning, you can maintain your weight while still enjoying time with the family. Follow these steps to stay on track throughout the holiday season, and avoid backtracking with your health and fitness.
1. Plan your workouts
You should always plan your workouts and this is even more important during the holiday season when vacations and family trips are especially frequent. Try to schedule workouts surrounding your travel plans and obligations. Most importantly, treat this like an appointment with yourself that you cannot skip or cancel.
2. Get out early
While work commitments die down over the holidays, family commitments and activities ramp up. Change up your schedule to get a workout in before anyone gets out of bed. This way you get your workout in and have plenty of time for getting all the busy holiday stuff done during the day.
3. Enlist a workout partner
While it's hard to motivate yourself to get going on cold mornings, it's easier if you aren't doing it alone. Find a workout partner during the holiday season to stay motivated. Make a pact to hold each other accountable. You'll be less likely to skip with the guilt of leaving your partner hanging.
4. Indulge and resist
With all of the tasty treats on the holiday table, it's hard not to give in and eat a week's worth of calories in one sitting. There's no sense in depriving yourself from enjoying your favorite foods. Pick the ones you want to indulge in, but limit yourself to one serving. Also, be aware of mindless calories ie. samples at the grocery store or candy in the office. These calories add up.
5. Healthy Snacking
Have a healthy snack before you go out shopping or to an event. When you are shopping, bring along healthy snacks like apples, carrots, or nuts to avoid the food court.
6. Be the Master of your Mouth
When all is said and done, nothing can go into our mouths unless we put it there. We really do have control. Set rules to follow. Realize that the holiday season only consists of 2 or 3 actual days. Indulge only on those days.