It’s no secret that the holiday season can be a difficult time for anyone trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle. That doesn’t mean you have to give up on your health goals entirely or feel like you’re living a life of regret over all the cookies and cakes in your vicinity. We’ve rounded up some tips that will help keep you feeling fit through the holidays so you can enjoy them without guilt!
As we all know, nutrition is the foundation of physical fitness. Getting enough calories and protein to maintain your body weight is the first step in staying fit during the holidays. But what many people don’t realize is that eating breakfast can help you stay energized throughout the day. It can also help you focus and concentrate more effectively on tasks at hand, which can be crucial during a busy time like this. Eating breakfast will even make it easier for some people to lose weight!
There are so many ways to stay healthy during a season that is often thought of as unhealthy.
As you can see, there are so many ways to stay healthy during a season that is often thought of as unhealthy. Don’t give up on your fitness goals, don’t let the holidays get in the way of your fitness goals and never feel guilty about being healthy!
As long as you stay motivated, keep moving and maintain a positive attitude while doing it, I promise: You will be successful at staying fit throughout the holiday season.
Bring your own food
The holidays can be stressful, and stress is linked to weight gain. You don’t want to eat unhealthy foods under pressure, so it’s important to plan ahead of time. Here are some ways you can prep for the holiday season:
- Bring your own lunch to work, rather than eating out all the time. If you’re not used to packing your lunch with you, now’s the time to start! Make sure it has lots of protein and fiber (like peanut butter on whole-grain bread), since those keep you full longer than carbs and sugar do.
- Bring snacks when going out with friends or family during the holidays—for example, nuts or dried fruit instead of chips or cookies at parties. This will help prevent overeating when everyone else is eating junk food!
- Take a reusable water bottle everywhere instead of buying plastic bottles every day at work or school (or even just refilling disposable ones). This not only reduces waste but also helps save money in the long run!
Take the stairs
- Take the stairs. Even if you’re only going up one flight, it’s still good for your health to take the stairs instead of an elevator. Stairs are a great way to get in some extra cardio and burn calories. If you have a friend with you, try walking up the stairs together and see who can make more trips before having to stop!
- Use your hands when climbing stairs. If there is no rail or wall for support, use your hands as well as your feet when climbing up—this will help keep your back straight and prevent injury from slouching over too much during exercise time!
Get away from the desk
- Get away from the desk.
- Do some stretches.
- Do some yoga.
Pick alternatives to alcohol
While alcohol is an enjoyable part of many holidays, it can be detrimental to your health. Alcohol is high in empty calories, meaning that it contains calories but no vitamins or minerals. In addition to being dehydrating and causing weight gain, alcohol also interferes with sleep patterns, which can lead to a range of issues including low energy levels and trouble concentrating.
Eat enough protein
Protein is essential for keeping you full and energized. It also stimulates your muscles, which means that it’s especially important for those who are trying to build lean muscle mass. Protein is also necessary for the proper functioning of all your body’s cells and tissues, including hair and nails.
The Institute of Medicine recommends men eat 56 grams of protein per day, but most experts recommend that healthy adults aim for an average of between 50-80 grams per day. A 3-ounce serving of meat contains 21 to 25 grams of protein; a 6-ounce serving has 36 to 40 grams. For fish, 4 ounces provide 20 to 30 grams each; eggs have 6 or 7 grams in one large egg (more if you use two); dairy products like milk contain 8 grams per cup; legumes such as lentils offer around 17 grams per half cup cooked
Train in the morning
- Train in the morning:
- Get up early and exercise, or do something active all day.
- Train in the evening:
- If you work out at night, get to bed early enough so that you can feel well rested and energetic for your workout, but not so early that it interferes with your sleep schedule (which is important for staying healthy).
- Train at lunchtime:
- This gives you an opportunity to stay on top of all of those health benefits while also making sure that you’re able to eat appropriately throughout the day without getting too tired or busy to put food into your body regularly.
These are just a few ways to stay healthy during the holidays. If you find yourself struggling with your health, remember that there is no shame in asking for help and seeking out professional advice. The key is to be proactive and take steps now so that you don’t have to deal with serious consequences later on down the line.