The holidays are filled with delicious delicacies, parties, time spent with family and friends, and traveling. All of these things are great, but can also make it hard to for you avoid gaining extra weight. It’s best to find a way to balance your holidays out so that you can enjoy the desserts and time with family without feeling guilty about packing on extra pounds. Additionally, you’ll feel better and will be able to enjoy time spent with loved ones more. The best part? It just takes some quick and easy lifestyle tricks to keep you happy and healthy all throughout the most wonderful time of the year.
Create Active Dates with Friends and Family
Instead of sitting around with your loved ones, try participating in something active with them. This way, you can get your heart rate up and work your muscles while enjoying time with your loved ones. Some options running, walking, or group games such as tag or Twister. In addition, you could see if any family or friends want to join you for a strength workout at the gym.
Fill Up with Protein before Parties
Holiday parties are a dangerous place for consuming a lot of extra calories. To avoid mindlessly consuming cookies and appetizers, pack in the protein with a pre-party snack. Protein takes longer to digest, so you won’t feel as hungry while you’re there and will be able to focus your attention on conversations with others. Protein-rich snacks include cheese, mixed nuts, whey protein shakes, and sliced turkey.
Water fills you up, so you’ll have less hunger cravings. In addition, staying properly hydrated keeps your metabolism functioning well. Aim for eight glasses per day. To mix it up, you can infuse your water with fruit to give it a refreshing taste. If you’re looking for something more festive, you can try sparkling water as well.
Keep Your Hands Busy when Snacking Strikes
If you’ve got the munchies, it’s a good idea to busy yourself with a task that involves your hands. You could make handmade gifts for your friends and family, clean, do yard work, or play a game. That way, you won’t be tempted to graze on snacks. As opposed to sitting and watching TV, you simply can’t eat when your hands are occupied. This tip is helpful for anytime during the year, but especially on the holidays when there are many treats laying around.
Keep Premade Healthy Snacks Around
The holidays mean lots of cookies, cakes, and dessert-type snacks. Most of the holiday delicacies aren’t the healthiest or most nutritious options, so you have to take it upon yourself to keep some other snack selections around in the kitchen. Some premade snacks include sliced turkey and cheese, chopped veggies and hummus, peanut butter and apple slices, and yogurt and granola. Knowing that you have these options on hand will help you reach for the healthier choice.
Walks allow for you to destress and burn fat by performing at a slow pace. It’s simple to add to your routine whether it’s going on a walk with a friend in the afternoon, or going on a morning stroll to start your day on the right foot. If you don’t feel like doing an intense workout, then you can just walk for your physical activity. Every workout will add up, whether it’s walking or strength training.
Workout Early in the Day
Squeeze in your exercise before the busyness of the day ensues. Part of the problem around the holidays are the neverending to-do lists and overall packed schedules. Exercise is usually the first activity to get bumped off of your schedule. To avoid this happening, hit your workout first thing in the morning. That way, you’ll be able to enjoy an endorphin high all day long without worrying about getting your workout in.
Make Your Workouts More Quick and Efficient
This one goes without saying because the holiday season is busy and there is always more to do than there is time in the day. For this reason, high intensity interval training (HIIT), and quick strength training workouts are perfect. You can carve 10-20 minutes out of your schedule for a quick and productive sweat session that will crank your metabolism up for the rest of the day.
Try working in one, a few, or all of these tips to stay healthy, happy, and fit over the holiday season. You can enjoy the festivities and maintain your weight with ease by following this advice.