Staying Healthy During the Holidays

Can you believe the holidays are here? With work parties, family visiting, and enjoying time with friends it is easy to let your workout schedule slip aside. With all this celebration comes FOOD. Good, homemade,hearty, sweet, heavy, indulgent FOOD. With the heavy meals come calories, and it is easy to consume double or even triple the amount of calories in just one big holiday meal, not to mention all the snacking. Breakingmuscle.com compiled a few charts to track how quick what you eat this season adds up!

 

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So how can we better monitor our eating habits when the holidays practically celebrate overeating?

We’ve compiled a few tips and tricks to help keep you on track while still allowing for some wiggle room for your favorite treats.

  1. Make sure you’re still eating. It’s easy to forget to eat when you’re cooking or cleaning all day, and when you finally get to dinner you feel the need to overeat. Be sure to support your body with some healthy meals the day of, so you don’t overindulge after all the stress.
  2. Rate your foods. What meals and sides garner a 10 out of 10 for you? Instead of picking at everything, rate your foods from 1-10, and only fill your plate with 8,9, and 10s. This way when you look at your plate later it won’t feel like you have to conquer a mountain of food but you get to enjoy a sampling of your favorites.  
  3. Make a tradition of getting outside. This is great for the whole family, starting the day with a Turkey Trot ,a long walk, or a friendly soccer game gets everyone moving and enjoying eachothers company. Not only will be it fun to spend time with those you love, you’ll feel better. Promise.
  4. Get to the gym! Or outside! Or do a creative 20 minute circuit at home. Point of story, you’ll feel much better if you schedule a little time for yourself in between the madness of playing host or cooking up a storm. From a 45 min HIIT class to a handful of sun salutations, even a little bit of exercise will clear your mind as well as leave you feeling better than you did before.

Want more tips for staying fit during the holiday season? Check out  some insights  for staying fit and motivated by our Fitness Director, Jen Smirl.

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