The holidays are the time of year most people lose sight of their everyday fitness routines. And, that’s easy to understand. At the Y, we know staying active can be difficult when the potlucks are plentiful, your schedule is busy, and the temperatures are dropping by the day. Yet, staying committed to your fitness routine during the holiday season is key to achieving your fitness goals.
If you are searching for some extra support this holiday season, here are some great tips to help keep you focused:
Don’t skip meals during your holiday festivities to prepare for ‘the big one.’
While attending your holiday celebrations, try taking half of what you think you will eat and try skipping the hors d’oerurves if possible; most often your eyes are bigger than your stomach. And, be sure to eat your veggies and proteins first.
Also, make sure to take your time eating during meals. By eating slowly and engaging in conversation, your brain will be able to process how hungry you actually are.
If you can’t make it to the gym as much during the holiday season, don’t worry. Try taking 10-30 minutes a day to be active; even if it’s at home. There are many great ways to exercise without equipment, including a brisk walk with the family, a morning run, or a quick at-home interval workout. Just be sure to commit to at least ten minutes of physical activity each day.
For additional exercise ideas to try during your next visit to the Y or at home during the holidays, head over to the Y’s Pinterest page.
Be Easy on Yourself
If you happen to overindulge during holiday meals or miss a workout—it’s okay! Tomorrow is another day. The key is making realistic, healthy decisions and committing to them. By planning your days around healthy choices, you are more likely to achieve your fitness goals.
And, most importantly, be sure to stay positive. Enjoy your time with loved ones and friends this holiday season.
To learn more about staying healthy during the holidays, check out this great article, courtesy of Best Health Magazine.
If you have questions about achieving your health and wellness goals during the holiday season, be sure to speak with a member of our wellness team during your next visit.
Tips to Stay Healthy Throughout the Holidays was written by Health, Wellness and Dance Director Kristen Derengowski. Derengowski has been a dedicated YMCA staff member for more than 10 years and has more than 17 years of fitness training experience.