HELLO All! It's MERRY Fitmas month!! :D
How are you doing on this beautiful December day? Are you crushing your holiday hustle...lol?! :D What about doing the exercise routine that I posted for this week? It's only Monday, so it's not too late to jump in!! Don't let your goal(s) fall by the wayside, use this month to strengthen your healthy habits and stay in the game!!! YOU GOT THIS :D
Today's post is on how you can stay FIT this H O L I D A Y S E A S O N ! The following tips are probably things that you've heard before BUT sometimes we can use a JOLLY reminder!!
I know it's cold outside baby but this is sooo important!! It's a known fact that drinking water is essential to both weight loss and health in general. It's even more important during the holiday season. When you're out running tons of errands or juggling more than 1 task at a time, take a water bottle with you. I always have a water bottle in my car and a backup in my trunk. I also have a water bottle close at hand when I'm at home. I have a bottle near my computer, on my nightstand, by my bathroom sink, and even in the kitchen...lol! I find it easy to drink plenty of water when it's right in front of me!! And...no...the photo below isn't water...lol :D
Set your goal(s) ahead of time!
Exercise goals, food goals, and other goals you set for yourself are more likely to get accomplished if they're set ahead of time.
The same goes for staying active when you're having a relaxing day at home. Make a point to get up and move around if you're watching holiday movies or playing games with the family. Simply getting off the couch and doing a few exercises will boost your metabolism.
Rise early and get your workout in before the day begins. Plan your workout the night before. Some people skip exercising this time of year simply because they don't want to miss out on any fun. But rising early eliminates this issue...lol! If you get your workout in before anything else then you won't miss out on the fun!!
Time can be limited when it comes to working out during the holidays but I believe that you can ALWAYS find time to workout...lol! High intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts are a great solution during the holiday season because they don't require much time! Many routines can be done for as little as 15 to 30 minutes!!
Body-weight workouts are my favorite...you probably already know that...lol! No need to go to the gym if you're running short on time! You can get a very efficient workout just about anywhere using no equipment!! Sooo what's your excuse?!! :D
Try new and healthy recipes!
The holidays are LOADED with yummy treats everywhere! Many of them are unhealthy too...lol!! Our taste buds scream...why?!! :D One way to stay on track is to try new recipes! Try making those yummy treats healthier!! By doing this, you can still satisfy those screaming taste buds AND stick to your fitness goals! Look online for holiday recipes that are on the healthy side!! :)
Treat yourself but don't over indulge!
I just covered the importance of trying healthy recipes, so that you stick to your fitness goals. And...YES...that hasn't changed but it would be worthless to tell you to never treat yourself during the holidays (and after)! Balance is the key to living a healthy life!! If you constantly tell yourself that you can't have any of the cookies your neighbor brought over then you're more likely to binge eat. Allow yourself a "cheat day!" Allow yourself 1 day a week when you can eat those cookies, ice cream, pie, or whatever it is that you've been craving!! You'll have a better mindset, which will then motivate you to work harder ;)
Get good sleep!
The holiday season can leave you short on time and sleep. But it's important to keep your sleep routine consistent, so that you can truly enjoy the season! Shoot for going to bed and waking up at the same time each day!! The key is to be consistent!!! If you have a holiday party to attend and you'll be staying up late, still try and wake up at the same time the next day. I know this can be hard (lol) but you'll have a more productive day. And...remember that exercise can promote a deeper sleep :)
I hope these tips help you to stay on top of your fitness journey during this busy season! I L O V E this time of year! I L O V E everything about it!! If you have ANY tips that have worked for you, I'd love to hear your comments! Bring it on :D
Have a FITastic week! I'll be right back here on Thursday!!
Pamela Stewart, NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Weight Loss Specialist