Katie's 10 Tips To Stay Healthy During The Holidays
The holiday season is finally here! With that said, it’s easy to get off track. Follow my top 10 fitness, nutrition and lifestyle tips below to ensure a healthy end to 2017.
#1. Stick to a Routine the Best You Can
The next few weeks are filled with events, parties and activities. Plan your week in advance and stick to a workout routine that works best with your schedule. Staying active will help digest, burn and detox from which ever vice you’ve chosen. So, do not wait until January to hit that reset button! Stay active so you’re one step ahead entering your 2018 health and fitness goals.
#2. Exercise in the Mornings
Exercising first thing in the morning sets the tone for the day and gets your engine (metabolism) running, plus it enables your day/evenings to be free so you can attend evening activities, guilt free! Scheduling your early morning work out will hold you accountable during evening activities knowing you have that early morning sweat sesh!
Don't get caught up in the craze and forget to drink your H2O! Bring your water bottle with you and be sure to drink 1/2 your body weight in ounces daily!
#4. Plan Ahead for Travel
If you are spending the holidays away from home, be sure to have a quick and easy travel workout ready! A simple routine that consists of 3-5 exercises you can do with no equipment to keep you on track until you’re back in your normal routine. Here’s a quick 20-minute workout you can do anywhere:
Set a clock and do 40 seconds of work + 20 seconds of rest of the below movements:
Minute 1: Reverse Lunges
Minute 2: Push Ups
Minute 3: Bicycle Crunches
Minute 4: Air Squats
Minute 5: Jumping Jacks
Repeat the above for a total of four rounds.
#5. Stay in Control of Your Portion Size
Before attending or hosting a party, be sure to keep your blood sugar levels balanced by eating small balanced meals and snacks leading into the event. If you know you are going to go carb-heavy at the party, then go very carb-light in the earlier portion of the day. Save it for later! But, be mindful of your portions at the party!
#6. Keep Healthy Snacks Everywhere!
Be more mindful going into the holiday season! My favorite healthy snacks include: unsalted nuts, seeds, trail mix, mozzarella stick, fruit, carrots, hummus, Greek yogurt, Rx Bar, Energy Balls, etc.! Fail to plan, plan to fail!
#7. DO NOT GO SHOPPING HUNGRY
I repeat, DO NOT go shopping hungry! This is the worst thing you can do. Eat at home before and bring healthy snacks with you. Spare your health, money and calories for food that you actually LOVE to eat. Which leads me to...
#8. Indulge in What You Love the Most
When you’ve allowed yourself to indulge, make sure that you are filling your plate with what you love the most. Avoid adding food or treats to your plate that your kind of “eh” about. If you’re going to get wild, go wild on the foods that you only get to enjoy once or twice a year. Leave the “eh” foods at the sideline.
#9. Do Not Feel Guilty
This time of year is meant to be with family, close friends and celebrating all things that we are grateful and thankful for. With that come rich meals and delicious treats! Take your moment, enjoy the foods and treats you love the most and move on. Don’t spend this time eating what you love while feeling guilty about it. Where’s the fun in that? Feeling guilty about enjoying foods you don’t normally eat can lead to additional unhealthy behaviors. So, ignore those negative voices in your head, give yourself the acceptance to enjoy guilt-free and remember to get back on track with your fitness and health goals the very next day. Every day is a new day and a few days (keyword: few) out of the 4-week holiday gap will not hurt you – I promise!
#10. Set Your 2018 Goals and Get Into It!
As we approach the New Year, think about realistic sustainable nutrition and fitness goals that you would like to achieve. This could be anything from drinking more water to adding a cycling class to your weekly routine or participating in a class at JoyRide or JoyX that you have wanted to try but have yet to! The options are limitless! Create your goals, stay committed, and tackle all that 2018 has to offer!
Wishing you all a HAPPY, SWEATY, HEALTHY and JOYful holiday season!