The holidays are full of fun events, decorations, seasonal treats, and more. I do love this time of year!
Unfortunately, many individuals reduce workout frequency in combination with consuming more food which can lead to a slow decline of health.
We won’t gain 5 pounds in one meal, but if we continue to change our behaviors over the course of a few weeks, that can lead to an increase in body fat, a loss of muscle mass, lower energy levels, and poor sleep.
Here are a few tips to stay on top of the holidays!
1. Stick to Your Routine
Sorry. I’m not budging on this one. You have worked hard all year, why let a couple busy weeks get in the way? Yes, there are more events to attend and holiday shopping to complete, but you can put fitness at the top of your to-do list. And, I’ll bet you have more energy to complete other tasks as a result!
2. Indulge Wisely
Holiday treats are lurking around every corner and on every counter top this time of year. Often, these treats are seasonal, so it’s tempting to binge because you won’t eat them for another year. Go ahead an indulge in a few of your favorites, but only one serving. Savor every bite. If I know I’m going to be around treats or baking cookies, I have a nutrient rich shake beforehand.
3. Plan Ahead
Remember number 1? Stick to your workout routine! Plan your workouts ahead of time, so you don’t leave anything to chance. Get up extra early to workout, so you can still attend that office party or complete holiday errands throughout the day. Or, if you are traveling the entire day, rev up your workouts prior to that, so you can use it as a rest day.
4. Use No Equipment Workouts
Traveling is quite common this time of year, which can mean no access to gyms or equipment. Here’s the good news: you can still get in a legit workout using just your body weight.
Here are a few of my favorite no equipment workouts:
5. Keep Goals in Mind
Measure and evaluate your performance during this time of year to hold yourself accountable. However, instead of focusing solely on your physical goals, set performance goals like completing ten perfect push-ups or learning a new exercise.
One of my goals, is to complete another Spartan Race this summer, so I know I have to keep working on my upper body strength and explosiveness with lots of push-ups, pull-ups, lunges, and box jumps.
Pick something that you want to accomplish and go for it!
I hope you all enjoy the holidays. Cheers!