fit during the holidays

Staying Fit During the Holidays

Staying Fit During the Holidays

It is that time of year when foods are rich and desserts seem to be available in abundance.  Even those who have a steady fitness routine throughout the year can succumb to the temptation of holiday treats.  It really is hard this time of year with less opportunities to workout outdoors and more sugary treats appearing everywhere we turn.  I’ve put together a list of tips to help us all stay fit during the holidays.

 

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1. Eat Before You Go

 

Attending a holiday party where you know that there will be lots of baked goods and sugary treats?  Eat before you go.  If you attend a party on a full stomach, you will be that much more prepared to fight off temptation.  When you are hungry, its a lot harder to make smart food decisions.  When you’re full, it is much easier to think with your head instead of your stomach.

 

2. Don’t Drink Your Calories

At many of the parties we will be attending, they will be offering fancy seasonal drinks.  Even Starbucks offers fancy (read: sugary) holiday beverages.  If you want to indulge in some of the more rich foods or delicious desserts, steer clear of these designer drinks.  Stick to your typical lower calorie drinks so you can save those calories for things that will really fill you.

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3. Mind Over Matter

Our food decisions often involve full on conversations in our head where we talk ourselves into or out of eating something.  Use that voice in your head to support your healthy eating decisions.  For example, for me growing up, I never really ate candy.  My brother is diabetic, so my family didn’t keep a lot of candy in the house.  As I grew up, I never had a problem turning down candy.  I would tell myself and others, “Oh, I really am not a candy eater.” The more I said it, the easier it was to turn it down.

You may not have grown up in the same situation, but you can develop that response for whatever you need to cut out of your diet.  In college, I was an avid soda drinker which lasted well into my 20’s.  Now, I rarely if ever drink soda.  By telling yourself and others that you are not a soda drinker it makes you more accountable.  You don’t want to tell someone who offers you soda that you are not a soda drinker and then 5 minutes later they see you with a cup of Pepsi.  The more times you do it, the easier it gets.  Just pick one thing and just tell yourself and others, you don’t eat or drink that.  It may be hard at first, but it will get easier over time.  Just don’t try to do everything at once. That’s can definitely lead to failure.

 

4. Indulge once in a while

If you completely deprive yourself of the treats of the season, you will become miserable.  No one will want to hang out with you because you are miserable, making you more miserable.  This is no way to live.  It is important to allow yourself to indulge once in a while.  One little indulgence won’t ruin your progress or your health, but it will do wonders for your happiness and state of mind.  Just make sure that its not an everyday thing.

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5. Continue to Workout

Whether its a holiday dance party in your living room, a formal workout in the gym, a fitness DVD, or a brisk jog, keep working out during the holidays.  The more active you are, the easier it is to stay active.  Taking too long a break can make it difficult to get back into the habit.  Even if it’s not your normal workout, do things to stay active throughout the season.  It will keep you fit, plus it is always good to change up your routine every once in a while to challenge your muscles.  It will help build up your metabolism to burn the calories when you do indulge.

 

How do you stay fit during the holidays?  Leave your tip in the comments.

Cheers,

Emily

Author : Emily Bendler

Emily Bendler is a mom, wife, full-time insurance adjuster, professional dancer, dance teacher, graduate student, and founder of I Hope You Dance, Inc., a non-profit supporting youth dance. Read how Emily used her dance ambitions to become a time management maven using the about me link in the main menu. Feel free to send Emily a message using the contact page which can be found in the main menu under About Me.
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Jessica Lynn
Guest

I love the tip about eating before you go to a party—so helpful! If you’re full, you won’t want to stuff yourself even more 🙂

Tara Berries
Guest

These are great tips. If you are drinking a simple glass of white wine should do the trick.

Tara Berries
Guest

Those are great tips. If you are drinking I recommend a simple white wine.

ericaaugust
Guest

Love this! Number 5 IS KEY! Thanks for the great tips and the much needed motivation.

Claire
Guest

I need all of these tips! I always gain too much during the holidays!

livelaughhlovee5
Guest

I don’t really work out, but I should start maybe walking around my neighborhood. I just hate the winter and coldness it sucks.

falonloveslife
Guest

Drinking my calories is my biggest problem! I try to limit myself to water during the day if I know I am going to a party at night so it helps a little, but I’m sure I still overindulge on the calorie front!

smileisit
Guest

Indulging only once in a while is the hardest part!

farmfitliving
Guest

My husband thinks I’m crazy when I snack before a holiday party. So, thanks for clarifying that it really works! Also, I’m a fitness instructor and I adore working out and offering classes through the holidays. Especially when members bring in family members or friends from out of town. Makes it fun.

LoElizabeth
Guest

I love all of these and definitely believe that following your advice will lead to a happy & healthy holiday season for all 🙂 I hope you have an amazing time with your family 🙂

Kaley | Love in The Air Force
Guest

I have definitely been drinking my calories lately… But not because of the caffiene… >_>

Mostly Simple Life (@Mostly_Simple)
Guest

I could drink all of my calories everyday! I love soda and juice and cider and milkshakes… I’m trying hard to drink more water. I just started working out again too.

desirechanteuse
Guest

Great tips! I really tried to do #5 during Thanksgiving, but I fell into a “food coma!” And I’m planning to avoid a few Christmas parties this year because it’s actually very hard for me to turn down sweets.

Joscelyn | Wifemamafoodie
Guest
Joscelyn | Wifemamafoodie

It’s good to remember these practical tips, I especially like the one about eating before you go! That’s a great idea! I often go hungry so all of the treats and rich appetizers become my dinner 🙁

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