7 Simple Ways to Stay Fit and Motivated This Holiday Season
Weight can creep up over the holidays—and, unlike visiting relatives, may never leave. According to our annual holiday survey, the average American will gain six pounds from holiday food, and 47 percent will give into temptation and break their diet this season.
Our survey also found that 44 percent of people have eaten more than one dessert at a meal, and 30 percent have undone a button on their pants for eating too much! That’s why it’s always a good idea to keep – or start – a fitness plan during the holidays.
How to Stay Motivated During the Holidays
Of course, it’s not easy to pass up all the holiday cheer, but exercise and mindful eating can help you stay lean and healthy and avoid gaining weight. Here are my favorite tools and tricks to keep me on track with my fitness goals during the holidays:
Try Free, Online Workouts
Performing exercise in combination with balanced nutrition will improve your overall sense of wellbeing, improve your body composition, and positively impact your body confidence. Free workouts available online provide the flexibility to fit in fitness when it is most convenient, including during the busy holiday season.
Listen to New Music
There’s nothing quite like fun, new music to give you that boost to get off the couch, run that extra mile, or push through a heavy lifting session. Download new tunes, trade playlists with a friend, or reshuffle your existing library to keep your workouts interesting. Even mix it up with your favorite holiday tunes.
Get New Running Shoes
Poor weather conditions can make the ground slippery, so having running shoes with good tread at this time of the year is important. Look for new models during the holidays, and take advantage of all those holiday sales.
Run with Reflective Clothing
Winter nights come early and get cold. When you invest in warm running gear with reflective panels or strips, you’ll be safer and warmer during your outdoor workout.
Try Mini Stretch Bands
Traveling? Inexpensive mini stretch bands, which come in various resistance levels, can be your best traveling buddy for warming up hips, glutes, shoulders and back, or use them for a fast and effective resistance routine. They’re also great to take to the gym, or to use at home in a small space
Jumping rope is a good old-fashioned way to warm up and get your heart rate going. Warming up for 10 minutes can also help prevent injury. If you don’t have time to go to the gym, you can use an interval-style training method and use your jump rope for your entire routine.
Every little bit you do to stay focused on your fitness before and during the holidays will help you afterward. Consider each good choice you make a gift to your future self.
Control Hunger with Protein Snacks
Aside from practicing mindful eating, consuming a healthy protein-rich snack before attending holiday parties will help you to feel full, curb unnecessary party snacking, and give you a little energy boost.