The holidays are a time for celebrating with family and friends, it also happens to be a time that involves busy shopping days, cocktails, lots of food, parties and seasonal treats. This can represent a time to temporarily give up on the gym, over indulge and for get about healthy habits, there are however many ways to stay on track with your fitness so that you are not worried about the 5 extra pounds you yet again packed on over the holidays.
Before the holidays get fully going, make a conscious effort to stick to a plan, get plenty of sleep, eat healthily and get proper exercise, these factors will go a long way to making you happy in the new year.
With all the extra stresses put on you this year, it can be understandable to let things slip easily, that’s why i’m here to help you with many guides here on my website that will have you back in shape in no time and keep you that way, exercise is a proven stress relief and releases endorphins in your brain to give you that feel good factor. Try a new class like spinning, some boxing or even a dance class!. Not only will take some of the stress off but you may also find you enjoy a new activity too.
Find The Time
Now this time of year is very busy so it can be hard to find time to exercise in it, making a careful analysis of your time and how you spend it may surprise you and find time for you that you did not know was even there!, try online shopping instead of going to the stores, this will save you time and the stress of other shoppers, plus you can do it any time of the day.
At the end of every day there still seems to be plenty to get done but try to delegate your tasks accordingly, multi task and above all organize yourself, getting an adequate amount of sleep each night is essential so that your body and mind can rest, remember sleep is the time your body is recovering and the less sleep you get the worse off you will be. To keep up with the demands of the season try to get at least 3 nights of full sleep a week to keep you focused and alert.
Awareness can go a long way to parties you might attend this year, mindless eating of pork pies, drinking egg nog and seasonal cakes and cookies are tempting, before going be sure to fill yourself up on a healthy snack and maintain your fullness by drinking plenty of water, even take something healthy with you to eat. I would never say stop festive treats altogether, but be mindful of your consumption of them and know your limits, don’t get greedy with it.
As the parties get started the drinks will no doubt be flowing, caution should be held here and try to keep alcohol consumption to an absolute minimum, it stimulates appetite, can cause sleep disruption and wreak havoc on your body and mind.
Your Top Tips
Some extra tips for avoiding excess stress, getting enough exercise and resisting temptation are below, there is absolutely no reason you cannot bring in the new year with a bang and start enjoying the holidays properly without fear of extra baggage at the end of it all:
- Be sure to dance at your works party and burn some extra calories off.
- Use stairs instead of an escalator or an elevator.
- Try some calorie low-intensity exercises 30 mins 3 times a week jumping rope, cardio machines or running.
- Try and cut down on caffeinated drinks, they rob you of precious minerals and disrupt sleep patterns.
- Throw your own party and make sure good healthy food is served.
- Organize an outdoor activity or get together somewhere energetic.
- Take a walk outside to avoid the seasonal sadness that many suffer from.
- Get to bed and be sure to wake up at the same time everyday including weekends.
- Get 7 hours of sleep minimum at least 3 times a week.
- Schedule your workouts like a meeting.
I hope this season will be good to you and Santa brings you everything you want apart from some extra pounds of course, with this short guide, you should find it much easier to stay fit during the holidays as well keeping healthy.