🎉5 WAYS YOU CAN STAY FIT THIS HOLIDAY SEASON🎉
What's worse than a busy mall this time of the year? The awful 7-10 pounds you're likely to gain! For my first "musing" post, I'm going to help you help yourselves this holiday season. So put down that cutout and let's get down to business...
Sure, we've seen the posts, the diets, the juices, the bars- and they all tell us one thing: "Eat this, do that and you'll lose weight!" News flash, people: it doesn't work like that.
Here are my Top 5 Ways YOU can maintain your physique and stay on top of your health this holiday season!
1.) stay active
Staying active will be your best friend this holiday season. I know getting to the gym might prove difficult with errands to run, work, school- I get that, but you need to make time for your health. There are so many free options available for you!
Fitness Blender is one of my favorite full length and FREE workout video sources. You can search for workouts based on length, difficulty, training type, etc. You can also find a plethora of videos on good 'ol YouTube- like BodyRock. You literally have no excuse now!
2.) Drink! (water)
It's no myth. Staying hydrated is one of the easiest ways to slim down and stay healthy. It's good for your skin, your immune system, and *gasp* it can help you keep off those pesky pounds. And if you don't believe me, WebMD can surely convince you. Sometimes you can mistake thirst for hunger, which is why you may snack but still feel something is wrong. It means you were probably thirsty. As my dad used to say: "If you're thirsty, it usually means you're already dehydrated." Can't tell whether or not you're hungry or thirsty? Drink a glass and wait 30 minutes. If you forget about food- you were never hungry to begin with! My go to daily drink is hot water with lemon. I get my hydration + a great taste!
3.) make a list (and check it twice)
It's one of the Golden Rules that you should never grocery shop when you're hungry. Some people roll their eyes at the thought of a list, but I guarantee you are less like to buy in excess than if you think you can remember what you actually need. Without a list, you roam aimlessly, aisle by aisle, placing all kinds of LIMITED EDITION goodies into your cart. Sometimes we do it out of hunger, but other times we do it out of habit. I have never shopped faster than when I have a list and leave immediately after everything has been checked off. Need help with that? The Ultimate Grocery List is incredible! Not only can you download and edit them, but there's also a vegetarian list too! Grocery List Maker comes in at a close second. There, you can select from many grocery options and watch as it creates a list of what you selected.
4.) DOn't fall for the fads
Last year I blogged about some fitness fads and whether or not they were worth it. Let's be real with each other. You're not going to get healthy or lose weight from drinking "weight loss coffee" or following a diet which severely restricts or cuts out essential nutrients. Juice cleanses and TeaToxes (very different from those weight loss coffee fads, people) are great to help jump start healthier eating, but you're not going to magically lose 10 pounds in a week. You need to eat healthy, exercise (including strength training!), and drink your water. All that being said, many of those fads include a semi-restricted diet and none of them include the traditional holiday treats you'll be surrounded with. If you're going to attempt a fad, do yourself a huge favor and wait until after the New Year.
Playing off number 4, eating is the most important part of staying healthy! They say a good body is 10% gym, and 90% kitchen. You can't eat 500 pizzelles (the Italian in me is coming out...), run your 3k, and expect to maintain fitness. You're just cancelling one another out. That being said, you won't need to eat 500 (maybe just five) if you are eating regularly. We're all busy people and sometimes we don't have time to eat breakfast or pack a lunch, but be prepared to either have self-control of steel or eat those 500 cookies. If you're eating regular meals packed with protein, veg, and fiber then you won't crave or binge on the holiday treats. Keep some healthy fats, like nuts, with you at all times! You'll feel better knowing you have something healthy to snack on during your last minute trip to the mall, and not guilty about going for your fourth Auntie Anne's pretzel that month...
Don't beat yourself up over your holiday indulgences. These magical times only happen once a year! Keep track of what you're eating and make healthy swaps to help keep calories in balance. If you really want to keep motivated, check out subscription boxes like (my personal fave) BuffBoxx as a fun way to stay in shape! It makes a perfect gift for the fittie in your life!