The holiday season has officially arrived. Between the decorating, the holiday movies, gift wrapping, baking, and spending quality time with family and friends, it’s my favorite time of year. Unfortunately, it’s also easy to forget our healthy lifestyle routines during this festive time. I’m here to share a few tips on staying fit, healthy, and energized during this holiday season.
Squeezing workouts into your busy holiday schedule can be a challenge, but there’s a simple way to do it! First, plan a fasted cardio session the morning of your big holiday party and/or family dinner. Fasted Cardio is cardiovascular exercise performed on an empty stomach, first thing in the morning. Research suggests that subjects who perform fasted cardio in the morning burn 20 percent more fat than subjects who performed their cardio workouts after their first meal of the day.
If you don’t have time to make it to the gym in the morning, you can try out the seven-minute cardio routine I’ve choreographed for you below. You can do it at home, even if you don’t have any equipment. Blast it out in the morning or right before you hop into the shower to get ready for your holiday evening. Enjoy!
If your day has become completely insane and you were not able to fit in a fasted cardio session or the quick seven-minute at-home workout, no worries! A one-minute plank is the perfect move, toning the whole body. Fitting in any type of physical activity will get you more energized for the extra hours you need for all your holidays activities.
Now that you have your workout routines planned, let’s focus on a few nutrition tips to keep you on a positive and healthy path. First of all, make sure you drink plenty of water and green tea. Green tea hydrates the body, reduces stress and boosts immunity, so it’s a great addition to your nutrition routine. Water helps to boost your metabolism and often times we mistake thirst for hunger, so keeping your water intake at a healthy level can prevent overeating. A good way to measure the amount of water you should be consuming is by using your weight–For every pound a person weighs, that person should be drinking 0.5-1 ounce of water per day. Research also shows that people consume an average of 75 fewer calories per meal when beginning their meals with a large glass of water.
Many people attempt to restrict their normal food intake in order to control weight fluctuations – this is not a good idea. Often times this approach will backfire, setting a person up for a binge. Instead, stick to your normal routine. Have a healthy breakfast and lunch then eat a healthy protein snack before your evening plans. A few good examples of this would be Greek yogurt with some berries, a protein bar, or 1/4 cup of nuts. If you still end up overeating, don’t stress – one large meal will not cause you to gain weight. The scale might show a few extra pounds in the morning, but that slight increase is most likely just a result of fluid retention from the extra sodium your body has taken in.
When you do sit down to enjoy that lovely holiday dinner, make sure to always add protein with your favorite side dish. Consuming protein with every meal will supply your muscles with enough amino acids to help build, repair, and boost your metabolism.
The most important thing to remember is to allow yourself to indulge in that favorite holiday treat without feeling guilty in the morning. Enjoy your time with friends and your loved ones. Making lasting memories, share laughs, and enjoy quality time –It’s important to the soul. I hope these tips will help you stay on track and keep you feeling healthy throughout the season. Wishing everyone a safe, happy and healthy holiday. Cheers!
Ashley Godby, #FableticsMaster