An abundance of cookies, pies, cakes, and candy, combined with few opportunities for exercise and a surplus of stressful family gatherings that make you want to dive headfirst into the nearest dish of comfort food can make it seemingly impossible to stay fit during the holidays. But there are ways to combat the negative fitness inertia of the festive season without driving yourself insane.
- Set a goal: Before the holidays begin, try signing up for a race or some other form of fitness challenge that occurs in late January or February. Having a goal that close to the end of the holiday season can provide you with the motivation to stick to your healthy eating and exercise habits.
- Schedule your workouts: This suggestion applies regardless of what time of year it is, but it especially important if you’re striving to stay fit during the holidays. True, you may have a million and one things on your to-do list, but penciling in time with your personal trainer a few days each week means you don’t have to say no when that not-so-tiny piece of pumpkin pie gets passed your way.
- Keep up with cardio: Cardiovascular capacity fades faster than muscle strength when you take a break from working out, so prioritize your cardio routine during the holidays. Even as you’re traveling to various family gatherings, squeezing in some time for a brisk walk or a short body weight circuit may be enough to maintain your cardiovascular fitness during a holiday hiatus.
- Don’t neglect strength training: Muscle is your body’s best fat-burning machine. The more muscle you have, the easier it will be to stay fit during the holidays. Muscle strength may have more staying power than cardiovascular capability but it’s also harder to regain once you’ve lost it, so don’t neglect this all-important aspect of physical fitness while you’re on vacation.
- Get outside and play: A great way to stay fit during the holidays is to unleash your inner kid. The season offers a cornucopia of enjoyable outdoor activities that can count as exercise. Go ahead and jump into that freshly-raked pile of leaves, participate in a take-no-prisoners snowball fight, or engage in an all-day sledding session.
- Consult with a nutritionist: An endless supply of delectable, calorically-dense food is one of the main enemies of anyone who is trying to stay fit during the holidays. If you’re a fan of these festive foods, but you don’t want your sweet tooth to get the best of you during this time of year, consider consulting with a nutritionist who can help you come up with a plan to enjoy your favorite holiday fare without sacrificing your waistline.
Think you might need a little extra help to stay fit during the holidays? A personal trainer can be a source of support and guidance during this notoriously difficult time to keep off unwanted weight. Explore your options for unbiased exercise and nutrition expertise by calling Fitness Together Ellicott City today at (410) 750-2228.