The holiday season is a time of celebration and festivities reminiscent of your childhood. Unfortunately, the routines you have adopted during the holiday season probably aren’t the healthiest. This holiday season takes charge of your health and celebrates with your friends and family the ‘fitness way’.
Of course, it’s illogical to expect you to be able to make it through the holiday season without making any unhealthy decisions (unless you want to), but I can certainly give you tips to help you build up a good foundation.
- Small Plates! Don’t go back for seconds with family meals, but do have a meal again 2 or 3 hours later that is SMALL!
- Meal Prep! Prepare all your meals for the week before the week actually starts. It’s much easier to eat healthy when you have already prepared healthy meals for yourself!
- Walk! Walk after meals to burn those excess calories. If you already walk, walk more and don’t just do the walking you do normally!
- Keep Lifting! Lifting is how you build muscle. If you are not working out at least 3x a week, it’s not enough! If you do more than 3x a week, make sure it’s a split workout.
- Hydrate! Personally, I have a reasonably sized water bottle in which I try to finish drinking 5 times.
- Wear tight pants to parties… 😉
- Set Goals!
- Balance! Don’t be that person who has to set goals in January because of bad health decisions this year! Be that person already working to accomplish their goals in January!
- Hire a Trainer! Sometimes it’s hard to get motivated to be healthy, especially during the holiday season. Having someone who wants you healthy is extremely efficient in terms of motivating you and forcing you to be active.
- Enjoy Yourself! Enjoy friends and family and have a wonderful holiday season. However, don’t let them pressure you into habits that you have made a commitment to change.
Now, if you want more tips, please comment! I have been doing personal training since 2001 and have been an athlete since my childhood. Love helping one person at a time live a healthy life!
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