Thanksgiving is right around the corner and there are plenty more holidays right on the heels of that. Maintaining your fitness routine and healthy eating habits can certainly be challenging at this time of year with parties, treats and wine at every turn. No matter what your plans are before you ring in the new year, here are six tips from Team FitNice to help you stay healthy over the holidays.
1. Carry and use disinfecting wipes or a hand sanitizer if you’re going to be touching things like railings, restroom doors, airplane tray tables, elevator buttons and shopping carts. Germs can spread easily during the holidays and keeping your hands clean is one of the best ways to avoid catching a cold.
2. Pack healthy snacks and bring a healthy dish. Having a granola bar handy and bringing a crudities tray rather than a cookie platter will help not only you but the party’s other guests maintain a healthy diet during these challenging months.
3. Make a plan. Schedule time to work out, especially if you have family in town or are going to see some. A flag football game is a great way to get everyone moving and a brisk morning walk is the perfect time for a warm mug of coffee and some quality time with loved ones. If you’re lucky, you might even be able to find a nearby 5k or ugly sweater run for a little friendly family competition.
4. Add fitness to holiday activities. Do ten squats for every present wrapped, five push-ups when the bow is on and two burpees when it’s all ready to go. Combining workouts and chores makes both go by a little bit faster without making you feel like you’re losing any time.
5. Steer clear of lots of alcohol. Alternate alcoholic beverages with glasses water and take it easy on all of those empty carb calories. You’ll want to be entertained, not the entertainment. Plus, a hangover won’t only keep you from feeling good enough to hit the gym the next morning, it’ll make you crave greasy, bad for you foods while dehydration makes you more susceptible to germs.
6. Don’t stress. Just because you’ve made a plan, tried to eat the right things and imbibed in moderation doesn’t mean everything goes right. If you step off track, it’s OK. Stress leads to poor decision making that can make everything worse and missing one workout isn’t the end of your chance to stay healthy over the holidays.
Use any or all of these tips to stay healthy over the holidays and start your new year off on the right foot.