Welcome to Blogmas 2017. Lindsay Walker, a Registered Dietitian, from A Whimsical Charisma joining us!
The hustle and bustle of the holidays are almost upon us. Soon parties, endless amounts of cookies and copious amounts of high calorie food and drinks will be the new normal. So, how do you maintain your fitness goals in the face of so much temptation? It can be hard to focus while your mind is preoccupied with tracking down the perfect holiday gift, sending out holiday cards, decorating your home and planning an amazing holiday meal. Add the stress that comes with the holidays and limited time and you’ve got a recipe for falling completely off track.
Today, I’m here to share with you how you can enjoy the season while staying fit!
1. Plan your workouts and meals ahead of time.
Wake up earlier on Sunday to plan your workouts for the week ahead. Decide which days you’re going to workout, what your workout is going to be and a backup plan in case things fall through. Determine your meals for the week so you aren’t tempted to order pizza or hit up the drive through after a particularly busy day.
2. Find ways to sneak in fitness while you do your holiday errands and grocery shopping.
Find a parking spot that’s far away than where you would normally park, take three extra laps around the mall or push that cart full of groceries around the store an extra time or two. Take a walk outside during your lunch break. Focus on getting in more steps throughout the day. Better yet, consider using a pedometer to track your steps. Aim to hit 10,000 or more.
3. Focus on maintaining your current fitness goals, rather than adding new ones.
Already hitting the gym 3-5 days a week? Aim for consistency in your routine and work towards maintaining what you’re already doing. You want to set yourself up for success. Allow yourself to enjoy the season while keeping your goals realistic.
4. Add instead of subtract.
Add more vegetables to all your snacks and focus on incorporating a wide variety of colors to get the most bang for your buck. Filling up on these fiber rich foods will help keep you feeling full longer which means you won’t be quite as tempted to go back for seconds.
5. Splurge on your favorites and skip what you don’t absolutely love.
Maybe it’s creamy macaroni and cheese, fried chicken wings or double chocolate cheesecake that make your holiday wish list. Indulge in a realistic sized portion of what you love and fill up the rest of your plate with crudités. Skip the high calorie foods that you can live without.
6. Switch your sips!
Are you boozing at your holiday party? Enjoy one or two of your favorite cocktail. But, for every alcoholic drink you consume, have one or more glasses of water or other low calorie beverage in between. Not only is alcohol high in calories, but it also lowers your inhibitions, making it much harder for you to say no to extra portions or extra drinks.
7. Don’t skip meals!
Skipping meals to save up calories for that holiday party might sound like a good game plan, but it’s likely to backfire and end in overindulging on high calorie foods later in the night. A better plan? Focus on protein rich foods and snacks earlier in the day – think a veggie omelet, grilled chicken salad and an apple with almond butter.
Merge fitness with the holidays. Plan a fun, fitness related activity for your family that goes along with the holiday season! Think ice skating, cross-country skiing, sledding or a hike through the woods.
8. Focus on the best kind of exercise.
Curious as to what that might be? It’s the one you love. The reason it’s the best is because you’ll actually do it. If you cringe at the thought of running, don’t commit to running 3x a week. If feel like you have two left feet in zumba, don’t sign up for 4 classes. Whether you’re a runner, barre addict, yogi or walker; keep focused on what you love to stick with it.
9. Try something new.
Add something fun to your fitness routine that you’ve always wanted to try. Whether it’s a new zumba class with your bestie, deciding to hit up the barre or enjoying the warmth at a hot yoga class, trying something new is bound to keep you motivated.
10. Set your alarm clock earlier and make a case for early morning workouts.
The reason being that things will come up throughout the day during the holiday season, which makes it easier to blow off your workout. So, skip the snooze button, let the rest of your family sleep and make time for yourself. Consider purchasing a few workout DVDs that you can enjoy from the comfort of your living room or basement. Working out first thing in the morning sets the tone for the day and helps your body scorch calories all day long!
Have a happy and fit holiday!
Lindsay Walker is a Registered Dietitian and toddler mama. She’s the creator of https://awhimsicalcharisma.com where she blogs about her experiences with motherhood and shares healthy recipes to help every mama live her best life. When she’s not drinking coffee, she’s throwing kindness like confetti.