Holiday shopping, cooking, wrapping gifts, decorations, is just part of the crazy world we live in during the holiday season. There never seems to be enough time in the day to get everything done let alone fit in a workout. Why is it that our bodies and health take the backseat during times like these?
Our attitude of ‘I’ll worry about it later’ or ‘I’ll just skip a couple of meals to make up for the indulgence’ is what makes it harder to start off the new year in the right direction. We focus too much on our weight and not on our health. So how do we balance our bodies with our celebrations and manage to fit it all in? Here are 5 tips to keep your body in check so you start 2017 with a healthy perspective.
1. Stay hydrated
Are you not going to the gym or skipping your workout because you are hungover? People like to indulge over the holidays and enjoy a few cocktails but when their consumption prevents them from exercising, it can really start to pack on unwanted calories. If you decide to indulge, then try the 1:1 ratio method. For each glass of alcohol, consume one glass of water. It will not only keep you hydrated, but cut down on unwanted calories.
2. Lose the scale
Are you one of those people who are constantly looking at the scale to see how your food has affected your weight? Give yourself permission to ditch the scale over the holiday season and focus your mindset on enjoying time with your family and friends. All kinds of emotions and thoughts are attached to the scale. As soon as you step on the scale, the number sometimes determines how you feel about yourself. From failure or success, to fat or thin, that one number can affect our emotions for the day, week, or month ahead. Embrace the holiday season and enjoy it for what it represents to you.
I don’t think it’s a surprise to anyone, but our sleep habits can play a crucial role in our physical fitness. Many of us can get by with less hours of sleep and function quite normal. For the most part, regardless of your fitness goals, depriving yourself of sleep can lead to fatigue (mental & physical), inability to focus, and grogginess. When you’re tired, you won’t feel like exercising. Your inability to focus and fatigue makes it hard to stick with your fitness goals, and make better food choices, which in turn call lead to weight gain. If you want to keep the weight off during the holiday season, make sure you get enough shut eye so your body feels refreshed the next day.
4. Balance your plate
Be realistic. Don’t try to lose pounds during the holidays, instead try to maintain your current weight. Eat until you are satisfied, not stuffed. Savor your favorite holiday treats while eating small portions. Sit down, get comfortable, and enjoy. To keep your plate balanced, center it with vegetables. Make the vegetables the main attraction, then add some of your holiday favourites around the vegetables. It’s a bit of a mindset game where you place your food on your plate as you see the food in the center as the most important and the food surrounding it as less significant.
5. Stretch or Yoga
If gym workouts or more strenuous routines don’t make it on the calendar this holiday season, then try setting aside 5 to 10 minutes in the morning or at night for a gentle mind/body workout, such as stretching or yoga. Yoga is great for flexibility, but it’s also a great way to start your morning or unwind after a long day. It’s all about getting the body moving and stretching sometimes takes a backseat in our daily exercise routines. It’s nice to re-visit the routine of stretching as it can be so beneficial to our health. When we slow our bodies down with yoga or stretching, it can also be a great way to slow down the mind and be present in the moment.
Eat Clean & Live Green!
Your Compassionate Coach,