With the holidays around the corner, you might be tempted to loosen your belt and dig out the stretchy pants. But what if you could still enjoy the holidays without packing on the extra pounds? Try these five tips for staying fit during the holidays!
1. Maximize your routine with quick workouts.
With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it can be easy to lose track of time and skip your workouts. Prevent this by planning your workouts in advance, and take advantage of shorter exercises that burn more energy, quickly. Group fitness classes are a great example of a workout that can pack a lot of calorie burning into a short amount of time!
2. Eat slowly.
One of the most important tips for staying fit during the holidays is to eat better. But sometimes in addition to watching what you eat, you must watch how you eat. It takes a few minutes for your stomach to send a signal to your brain when it’s full, so giving your stomach extra time to think is especially important during the holiday season. Make sure you take your time eating and drink water between bites during big meals.
3. Cut back on sweets.
With so many sweet treats around this time of year, it can be easy to overindulge. You don’t have to cut the good stuff cold turkey, but make sure you eat sugar and sweets in moderation. One trick is to keep plenty of healthy snacks out next to the pie and cookies. Instead of overloading on sugar, try to mix in some veggies and other healthy alternatives.
4. Lay off the sauces.
It seems like you could cover almost any holiday food in gravy. But just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. In fact, sauces like gravy, ketchup, and ranch dressing are often loaded with fat, sugar, and sodium. Try to limit too much sauce on your holiday meals by finding alternatives to your favorite sauces and dressings or simply use them in moderation.
5. Plan a healthy family activity.
No one wants to miss out on family time during the holidays, and sneaking away from the fun to exercise alone isn’t always an option. Instead, plan a healthy activity the whole family can enjoy! Try organizing a Thanksgiving football game or getting together at the local gym for sports and activities while everyone is home for Christmas. These activities are a great way to start a new, healthy tradition that has everyone staying fit during the holidays!
This holiday season, you don’t have to put your health and fitness goals on hold. Staying fit during the holidays is possible through planning, preparation, and a little willpower. Try these tips to help your family stay happy and healthy!
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