The holidays are a wonderful time of year full of family, friends and good food. Of course, holiday food is not always the most healthy, and can sometimes present an obstacle for those looking to stay on track with their fitness goals. Keep reading today's blog post to learn four steps that will help you navigate the holidays while prioritizing your own mental and physical health.
Remember your "why"
The most important thing to remember while you are going through your fitness journey is your "why". For example, why are you choosing to prioritize your health over, say, a second slice of pie?
To help prevent over-indulging this holiday season, remind yourself of why you are making a commitment to your health before days or events that may expose you to unhealthy options or cause you to challenge your fitness motivation.
Stay accountable with support
Sticking to your fitness goals during the holidays is always easier with support. Let your friends, family and loved ones know that you are wanting to prioritize your health this holiday season.
Tip: If you are not the entertainer in your group, step up by volunteering to bring a healthy dish so that you always have a reliable food option.
Don't go hungry
Try your best not to go to the holiday party starving. If you are very hungry, it can be very easy to over-indulge in unhealthy dishes, treats and drinks. To prevent over-indulging, follow these steps:
Eat a high protein breakfast
Stay hydrated: drink plenty of water throughout the day and before eating
Load up on high fiber foods like fruits, veggies and whole grains
Curb afternoon cravings with a handful of nuts
Limit sugary foods like candies, desserts and refined grains
In between holiday celebrations with friends and family, try your best to carve out time to stay active. Staying active or even increasing the amount of exercise you do during the holidays is a great way to counteract the extra calories you may consume. Because lets be fair, we all want to enjoy a good holiday meal or two!
Tip: Get the family involved in your physical activity. Go for a walk, bike run or hike with your loved ones to burn a few extra calories before the big meal.
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