With huge meals and sweet treats galore, the holiday season is a tough time to stay in shape. In addition to the extra temptation in terms of what we eat, the busy holiday season often means less time to work out. To stay in shape during the busy holiday season, keep these helpful hints in mind.
1. Plan Ahead
One of the best ways to stay in shape during the hectic holiday season is to plan ahead. As your schedule fills up with parties, shopping trips and family gatherings, it can be difficult to squeeze in your normal workout. By planning ahead, you can make time to work out when it fits your holiday schedule. You may not always be able to hit the gym at your usual time, but with some careful planning, you’ll still find opportunities to exercise regularly.
2. Keep a Food Journal
Keeping track of everything you eat is a good way to prevent overeating. While it’s okay to overindulge a little bit and enjoy foods you’d normally avoid, the holiday season isn’t an excuse to go crazy. Keep track of everything you eat, and you may find yourself less inclined to reach for a second helping of those mashed potatoes!
3. Enlist a Buddy
It’s true that there is strength in numbers. By making a commitment with a friend to stay in shape, you’re less likely to backslide too much during the holidays. Lean on each other for moral support, and schedule your workouts together to give yourself the boost you need to stay on track and honor your commitment to fitness.
4. Don’t Ignore Liquid Calories
The holiday season is a time to eat, drink and be merry. When thinking about staying in shape, don’t forget to take the drinking part into consideration. That candy cane martini or spiked egg nog may not come with a nutrition label, but there are still calories. In fact, many of your favorite cocktails probably contain way more calories than you think, so limit yourself to just one or two to avoid packing on the pounds.
5. Make Workouts Fun
Despite your best efforts, there will probably be times during the holidays when you just can’t make it to the gym, and that’s okay! Just make your workout a fun family activity. Heading outside for some sledding or a snowball fight is a great way to burn calories while creating memories that will last a lifetime.
By keeping your calorie consumption in check and finding the time to work out, staying on track during the holiday season is possible. At Club USA Fitness, we’re here to help you meet your goals this holiday season and throughout the year. With our convenient hours, finding time to work out between family gatherings and happy hour is easy, and by staying on top of your exercise schedule, you can enjoy your favorite treats while keeping your waistline in check.