Being grateful is always part of a healthy lifestyle but this is the time of year that we take special effort to remember what we are thankful for. At the same time, we recommend that you not just be grateful but that you be active!
Consistency is key to getting and staying fit. Proper exercise and nutrition aren’t one-and-done ideas. They’re commitments that bring long-term benefits, not just short-term fixes.
Active adults who work to stay fit know this. They also know that interruptions to our fitness routines are inevitable and can even offer a welcome change a pace.
Like holidays, for instance–how can you stay on track while enjoying the social activities, travel, and seasonal temptations that this time of year can bring? To help, our experts have compiled their top tips for keeping on the fitness track while celebrating the holidays.
Top 10 Tips for Staying on the Fitness Track Over the Holidays.
- Be active every day. Maintain your normal workout routine as much as possible. If you’re traveling, use the hotel gym or find one in the town you’re visiting. If necessary, do a little online research before you go.
- Prepare for what’s coming. Be sure to work out and eat properly in the days leading up to your travel or other break in your regular schedule. Watching what you eat ahead of the interruption in your schedule may help to balance out the inevitable calorie spikes you’re going to enjoy.
- Stay flexible. When you can’t hit the gym, go for a walk or a jog. Try some bodyweight exercises. Play with the kids. Lead the family in an outing at a local park or sledding hill.
- Avoid the easy excuse for over doing it. If you’re driving somewhere, pack a sensible lunch rather than rely on roadside fast food restaurants and diners. Plan to take 15-minute walking breaks every hour or two. After the holiday, resist the temptation to keep eating leftovers. Get back to your fitness routine as soon as possible, even if you don’t quite feel like it yet.
- Drink plenty of water every day. It will help keep you from feeling hungry.
- Eat sensibly. Eat slowly going for the veggies first. Stop when you feel 80% full. It takes a while for our tummies to tell our brains we’ve had enough.
- Limit your alcohol. Over indulging in alcoholic beverages can mean consuming empty calories as well as leading to eating more than you normally would.
- Get plenty of sleep. Not getting enough sleep doesn’t just make you cranky, it can lead to body disruptions that can lead to, yep, overeating and lack of motivation.
- Use small plates and glasses. The bigger your plate, the more you’ll load on it. While you’re at it, limit the carbohydrates you consume to the treats you truly enjoy.
- Relax and enjoy yourself. Yes, it’s important to use moderation in your food and exercise choices, but it’s also important to remember that consistency over the long term is the key. One extra piece of pumpkin pie doesn’t have to mean of your journey to good fitness habits.
Talk to us if you have any questions. We’re here to help you learn more about getting and staying in shape all year long. If you haven’t taken advantage of your free trial.