Top 5 Tips for a Merrier Christmas
How many holiday parties will you attend this year? How many yummy treats have appeared at your office? It almost seems like our good nutrition plans are set up to fail this time of year. Between special events, schedule changes, and additional emphasis on food, it’s easy to get off track. It may not seem like a huge deal to gain a few pounds this time of year, but those pounds can add up over time. You’ve been working hard in the gym; don’t let that effort go to waste!
Keep Exercise a Priority
With shopping for gifts, wrapping, travel, Christmas cooking, and many other tasks, you may have gotten off your usual schedule. Don’t forget to take care of yourself during this busy time. You cannot survive the long winter days and extra Christmas prep if you’re not at your best. Don’t skip the gym. If you’re traveling, find alternate ways to exercise such as doing squats, push-ups, and sit-ups on your own.
Make Healthy Traditions
Holiday traditions don’t have to be centered on unhealthy ways. Christmas baking is fun, as is watching movies as a family, but those activities won’t help keep extra pounds off. Create some healthy traditions. Plan outdoor events such as bike rides and walks with your family. Teach your children that being active as a family is just as fun as sitting at home doing things together.
Stress, Stress, and More Stress
Between shopping for the perfect gifts, attending extra holiday functions, and not having enough hours in the day to get everything done, stress is inevitable. It’s not only rough on your waistline, but it also causes other problems such as high blood pressure. Do not let stress be your excuse. Instead of turning to food to calm your emotions, hit the gym and take your stress out on a bag or go for a run.
Always Have a Plan
This time of year can create a lot of unknowns. You leave the house to run a quick errand and end up shopping for hours. Or, maybe you’ve been invited to dinner and have no idea what’s on the menu. It’s sometimes difficult to plan for these types of things, but there are a few things you can do.
- Carry a protein bar and water with you, that way if you get hungry while out shopping or traveling you’ll be less likely to stop and grab an unhealthy snack.
- Try to find out what’s on the dinner party menu and either have a small salad before you go so you won’t stuff yourself with unhealthy foods, or offer to take a healthy dish with you.
- Always be prepared.
Embrace the Present
Have you already fallen victim to some of these holiday traps? Be proactive and do something about it today! Don’t waste time by saying you’ll get back on track after the holidays. You’re just adding more work for yourself by waiting. Get back in class today. Get back on your meal plan today. You can still allow yourself a little leeway on Christmas and New Year’s Day, but don’t make excuses to not get back on track today.
Posted on 12/22/2015, in Nutrition & Recipes, Tips and Trends and tagged eat healthy, exercise, Farrell's, Farrell's 10-Week Challenge, Farrell's eXtreme Bodyshaping, fitness, health, health tips, weight loss. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.