The cold, wet weather and tempting call of cozying up by the fire with a sweet treat make this a tough time of year for your fitness regimen. There’s a near endless list of excuses for skipping exercise and ignoring the nutritional parameters you’ve placed on your diet. However, with help, you can bust through and continue your workouts and a healthy diet during the holiday season, without missing out on the fun!
It’s too cold.
Sure, it’s probably too nasty outside to motivate you to go for your daily walk, but there are plenty of things that you can do (without going to the gym) that constitute a great workout. Do repetitions of going up and down the stairs, use a dining chair for body lifts to work your arm muscles, and other body-weight exercises. If you do have access to a local gym, consider hiring a personal trainer to get the accountability and encouragement you need to stick with your workout plan.
Errands and traveling have filled up my schedule.
“I don’t have enough time” is an excuse you can use year-round, and even though the holiday season is busier, it’s still an excuse you can bust! There are lots of ways to sneak some exercise into your holiday hustling and bustling. As you do your holiday shopping, park your car further away from store entrances to force yourself to walk more distance. Enlist your family members for a fun activity, such as skiing, ice skating, or snowball fights.
Those holiday treats are just too tempting.
We get it; part of the fun of the holiday season is all of the special treats! While splurging a little is okay, take care not to overdo it. Some tricks to help you get through the season more healthfully are:
- Hit the veggie platter more than the dessert table.
- Eat a healthy meal before a party, so you’re less likely to fill up on treats.
- Pay attention to your portions, and don’t go back for seconds.
- Drink a glass of water with every alcoholic beverage you consume.
- Fit in a 30-minute workout before getting ready for a party to improve your metabolism.
And try these healthier holiday treats instead of the sugar-ridden ones!
I’ll wait for New Year’s.
Don’t wait for January 1st to start your fitness plan! Now is a much better time to start, so that you don’t have to start at ‘0’ to work off all of the sugar and fat you’re likely to consume over the holidays. Also, you’re more likely to stick with something you don’t start as a New Year’s resolution – since most people don’t keep those anyway.
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