Here are some tips that we’ve learned over the years to help stay on track during the holidays!
1. Find a healthy balance. You’re not going to feel like working out if you feel like crap from eating a ton of unhealthy food. Yep, we said it. You need to honor your body with good nutrition, which will help you feel more energized and ready for that workout. Sure, there will be more cookies and party appetizers than normal. That’s cool. Just make sure to balance it all out by choosing healthy foods for the remainder of your meals.
2. Make time for your workouts. Try to get your workout in even if it is only a quick one. You should set aside at least 20 minutes a day for some kind of fitness training – it doesn’t matter if it’s a brisk walk, yoga, a jog, HIIT, pilates or dancing to heavy metal music, as long as it gets your heart rate up and moves those muscles.
3. Drink a lot of water. On the day of a big night out, and the day after, make a conscious effort to drink six to eight glasses of water, or plenty of herbal teas or diluted juice. Even mild dehydration can lead to a headache and combined with the effects of alcohol, makes maintaining your fluid intake so important.
4. Get lots of sleep. Christmas celebrations can play havoc with your sleep patterns, so try to keep on top of your sleep routine. If you're running around and having too many late nights, your body won't be able to keep up. Make sure to get at least eight hours of sleep a day, for both your mental and physical wellbeing.
5. Find an accountability partner. The benefit of this is helping each other set and maintain goals for diet, exercise and overall fitness. The premise is that knowing someone else is watching you — and vice versa — raises the bar and makes it more difficult to slack off on eating healthfully or working out. Knowing that someone else is counting on you does the same.
As important as it is to stay on track during the holidays, don’t forget to find a healthy balance that works for your schedule! You can even just start small with a couple of these tips and slowing increase over time. Find what works for you and most importantly, find what makes you happy — life is meant to be enjoyed!
xx The Tammy Fit Team