It’s the most wonderful time of the year – and also one of the most difficult for anyone on a health or fitness journey. Staying healthy in your regular day-to-day life can be tough, but maintaining holiday fitness is even tougher.
But the holiday season doesn’t have to mean losing all of the progress you’ve made in your quest for health! Listed below are a few tips for anyone interested in staying fit during the holidays. Keep reading to learn more.
Stock Your Kitchen
For many people, one of the best parts of the holiday season is cooking and enjoying meals with those you love most. And you should continue this tradition!
To help yourself maintain your fitness at home, however, be sure to stock your kitchen with healthy food options to eat in between. That way, when you want a snack, you can grab an apple rather than another Christmas cookie.
Make a Schedule
The key to fitness at home, regardless of the season, is to make a schedule and stick to it. This is easier said than done, but if you set an appointment with yourself and make a point to keep that commitment, you’ll be more likely to keep up with your exercise regimen.
It’s okay if you need to alter your regular schedule to accommodate for the busy season. As long as you get in at least 150 minutes of physical activity per week, you’ll stay on track. This can be something as simple as taking a 30-minute walk with your family in the evening – get creative if you have to!
Practice Self Discipline
At the end of the day, you have to ask yourself what’s more important: having a second dessert or maintaining the hard work you’ve put in this year. Sometimes you just have to say no, and there’s nothing wrong with that.
If your family is willing, get them involved! You can take the whole gang to your local YMCA for a fun fitness class, for instance. Getting a discounted rate is among the things you need a check stub for, but depending on your income, you could get a membership on the cheap.
Drink Plenty of Water
When we’re busy with our families, it can be easy to forget to drink water throughout the day, and the next thing you know, you’re dehydrated. Dehydration comes with a variety of health issues, one of which is increased appetite.
Sometimes when you’re thirsty, your body will mistake that signal as hunger, leading you to eat more than you should. Keep a water bottle on you at all times and do your best to drink between two and three liters a day to stay hydrated and healthy.
Keep These Holiday Fitness Tips in Mind to Stay Healthy Any Time of Year
Though it’s true that holiday fitness is difficult, it’s not impossible. By using these tips, you’ll find it much easier to stay on track with your fitness journey any time of year, but especially during the holiday season.
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