Christmas is coming up in just a few days, and we know how hard it can be to stay on track with your fitness goals between the cookies, and parties, and dinners. But should we really just wait until the New Year to get back on track? Sure, it might be easier, but that’s a quick sleigh ride right onto the naughty list.
Here are a few ways to keep your figure a little healthier than Santa’s this holiday.
Work for your cheat days!
We know it’s unrealistic to think you’ll get through the holidays without cheating a little bit, but that doesn’t mean you need to completely toss your goals out because of it! Make sure you don’t skip your workouts leading up to the naughty day. Try to get in a little extra activity on the day you’re going to be indulging extra. Take your dog or kids for a quick walk if that’s all you can fit in, but just try to keep moving!
Fill up on the good stuff rather than grazing on the empty calories.
It’s tempting to snack throughout the day when you’re preparing for a big holiday dinner, but do your best to keep your temptations in check. If you’re going to be eating a large dinner, snack on fruits and vegetables to help keep you full. Eat a salad before your dinner. Drink plenty of water. These three things should help with your portion control to allow you enjoy the good stuff, without over-eating. As long as you can enjoy in moderation, you can enjoy yourself!
Make sleep a priority!
Sleep is so important, even outside of the holiday season. Sleep will not only ensure you’re well rested enough to actually workout, but it also keeps your cortisol levels under control. Studies show that a lack of sleep has been found to increase hunger and appetite – which means if you’re not well rested, you’re probably going to eat more than you need, especially when tempted.
You don’t end up on the naughty list simply for enjoying yourself.
Having one cheat day isn’t the end of the world. Enjoy your meal. Enjoy your time with your family. Enjoy your holiday! Don’t beat yourself up because you had a piece of pie or a glass of wine. Just don’t let one bad day turn into a bad rest of the year.
From your family at Pulse, we wish you and your family the most wonderful Christmas!