By: Tim Lyons
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, it’s pretty likely some of us are going to fall off track. Combine holiday vacation, comfort foods, drinks and desserts following a pandemic and you’ve got an award-winning recipe for disaster. Instead of allowing this holiday to set you back on your goals, use them to get closer to them! Here are 5 tips to help you get closer to your fitness goals this Thanksgiving!
Don’t skip your workouts!
Maybe you’re traveling, maybe you’ve got family in town, maybe you’re the one that’s prepping the entire holiday meal. We get it, holidays can be extremely busy. But guess what? A 30-minute workout is only 2% of your whole day. Even if you need to do it at home, at your in-laws, or even in your hotel room, try to sneak in at least 30 minutes of activity a day.
Mind your serving sizes.
You don’t need to skip the Thanksgiving dinner. You don’t even need to starve yourself beforehand. I love stuffing and pumpkin pie as much as anyone, but if you want to stay on track AND enjoy the holidays, pay attention to your serving sizes. You can absolutely enjoy that feast as long as you do it in moderation.
Load your plate with vegetables.
Vegetables are loaded with vitamins, minerals and fiber. Starting with the low-calorie vegetables first with your meal can help fill you up on nutrient dense foods, and minimize your likelihood for binging on the bad stuff. Pie, ice cream and eggnog, we’re talking about you!
Don’t think willpower is going to get you through it.
Failing to plan, is planning to fail. In the face of all your favorite binge worthy, poor choices, your willpower might fail you. If you want to stay on track during the holidays, you have to have a plan. Set rules ahead of time to limit the extra holiday calories. Prep your meals, set limits to alcohol intake, and schedule your workouts as if they were meetings you can’t miss.
Ask for help!
One of the main reasons people fail to meet their goals, or fall of track is because they don’t have support. During the holidays, it’s all too easy to decide to “take a break” and start fresh for your resolutions. Don’t do this! Ask one of our coaches to keep you accountable and support you through your goals this holiday season.
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