The holidays are great for spending time with family and friends but, they can also make keeping up with our healthy lifestyle difficult! There are a ton of tips out there to stay on the healthy path! We’ve selected a few of our favorites and the ones that we stick to, so we don’t undo everything we’ve worked so hard for in the studio!
5. Drink Water!
Yes, we all know to drink our water. However, during the holidays this may be extra important for a few reasons!
There is good food everywhere we turn during the
holidays. Quite often we mistake thirst for hunger and we eat when we’re thirsty.
Water helps flush out toxins that we’re putting into our bodies!
Most likely we’re drinking fun and festive cocktails. Not drinking enough water and too much alcohol leads to dehydration and sluggishness. We’re less likely to make healthy food choices when we’re tired and dehydrated!
Dehydration also leads to a slower metabolism and no one wants that! Drink a large glass first thing in the morning when you wake up and before each meal. This will kick start your metabolism and prevent you from overeating.
4. Sleep…. ZzzzZZZZzzzz
If you don’t sleep, you won’t make healthy choices. When we’re tired we choose easy convenience foods rather than cooking nutritious meals.
Aim for 7-9 hours of sleep each night (we know this is hard but, your body will thank you!)
Stick to your bedtime, plus or minus one hour. If your normal bedtime is 10:00pm, try to stay within an hour of that time. Staying true to your body’s sleep pattern is your best chance at staying well-rested and avoiding exhaustion over the holiday season.
Choose which events you can attend and which ones you can’t. It’s so easy to try to make it to every holiday event we’re invited to. Pick and choose which ones you can make it to and fit them into your schedule rather than trying to hit three parties in one night.
3. Don’t Skip Your Workouts
It’s so easy to skip workouts when we’re being pulled in different directions every day! Staying true to your workout schedule is crucial to better sleep and maintaining your healthy lifestyle.
30 minutes a day is better than nothing. If you don’t have access to the gym or (aerial studio) while traveling, plan and prepare workouts you can do anywhere.
Bring your yoga mat with you. My yoga mat goes everywhere with me. I can do a quick Barre, Pilates or Yoga workout anywhere and with limited equipment.
Walk! Take your dog, your parent’s dog, anyone’s dog for a walk. Finish your last-minute shopping in the mall and take a few extra laps.
Find a fun fitness class in your area and take a friend or two! I love to find dance studios or gyms that offer group fitness classes and try something new during the holidays.
2. Healthy Alternatives
Often there are healthy alternatives for the foods that we love, and we don’t have to lose flavor or feel like we’re depriving ourselves! Some of my favorite healthy swaps are:
Olive tapenade on gluten free crackers rather than chips and dip
Fresh fruit instead of cookies and candy
Sweet potatoes rather than white bread or rolls
Plain almond milk instead of regular milk
1. Everything in Moderation
It’s the holidays. We’re going to eat cookies, cakes and pies. If you completely deprive yourself of everything you love you’re likely to binge and overdo it when you do eat the treats that you want. Have a few small cheats planned and stick to it! Eat the piece of cheesecake at your family dinner. Just don’t eat the whole cheesecake. Remember, one bad meal won’t make you gain weight and one healthy meal won’t make you thin. It’s all about balance!