During the holiday season, it can be difficult to keep on track and stay fit. However, with the right plan, you can be a few steps ahead moving into the New Year. Here are some quick tips to help you from gaining those extra holiday pounds:
- Snack Ahead: Before you head over to the holiday party, sneak in a healthy snack so you don’t show up starving. This will help prevent you from overeating, which brings me to my next point…
- Keep everything in moderation! Focus on portion control. Much of the food that you eat during the holidays you get to have once a year, so take the time to enjoy them. Eat slowly and give yourself a chance to feel full before you inhale your meals. Don’t push yourself to eat everything on your plate. Pack leftovers for later and spread your meals out.
- Focus on small workouts throughout the day. The holidays can get a bit crazy, but don’t lose focus. If you can’t spare a full hour, break up your fitness program into two to three 20-30 minute workouts. Not only does having two shorter sessions offer you more flexibility, but you’re increasing your odds of exercising at least a little each day. Even if you only manage to do one workout, it’s better than just skipping it altogether. Divide your small workouts up into strength, flexibility, and cardio programs to cover all of your bases!
- Stay motivated: If you have a hard time staying motivated, try taking a group class. The social aspect will keep you on track and focused. You can also sign up for a race during the holiday season so you have something to train for.
- Try to keep moving: During the holidays, people tend to stay inside more often, leading to decreased overall activity levels, and travel, which involves a lot of sitting. Both of those things can result in a lack of flexibility and energy. Try to break up the holiday routine with a quick stretch or a nice walk with family members. Get everyone involved for a happier, healthier holiday season!
Jamie Osmak is a certified strength and conditioning specialist at the Tisch Performance Center. Jamie is a USA Track and Field Level 1 coach and corrective exercise specialist with a degree in Exercise Science from Rutgers University.