How to keep your workouts going over the holidays
This time of year, it seems people are either indulging and gearing up for a healthy New Year's resolution or trying to maintain their holiday workouts throughout the season. Maintaining holiday workouts is more difficult, so if you've committed to staying fit in the face of endless treats, how do you make it happen?
It may seem impossible to stay on track with your holiday workouts when you're surrounded by festive buffets full of rich sauces, sweets and beverages, but you can do it! If you're ready to put in the effort, following are some tips to help you reach your goals.
Workout gear that works
Whether it's body image issues, laziness or simply ease, we sometimes reach for an over-sized pair of sweats and an old t-shirt on the way to the gym. "While these clothes might feel comfy, they don't motivate you to get out and work up a sweat," says Renee Mclaughlin, a health coach, nutritionist and Atlanta-based trainer. "Instead, put on your most flattering workout clothes and strut your stuff."
Try Fila's Toning Resistance Pant. They will shape and smooth your body and provide additional resistance to help you get the most out of your holiday workout. You'll want to wear them everywhere, not just to the gym.
While it is possible to keep your workout going through the holidays, it's much harder to avoid the unhealthy food options that seem to be everywhere. Make a conscious decision to put something in your mouth rather than eating mindlessly. "When eating, go for quality and not quantity," says Ann A. Rosenstein, a certified fitness professional and author with over 20 years of experience. "Don't just eat a treat because it is available. Take the time to be picky and assess if it is a treat worth savoring."
Control your holiday cravings with a few nibbles of MacaSure Chocolat. It combines 70% cocoa and dark chocolate with organic maca, a Peruvian root known for balancing hormones, decreasing stress, improving energy and increasing libido.
Feel the burn
We all have a favorite type of exercise that we gravitate towards, whether it be running, swimming, yoga or cross-training. Stick with what you love, but up the core workouts during the holidays. "The core muscles that attach to your spine use glucose at rest," says Mclaughlin. "You want to increase the density of those muscles so you can eat a little of those higher carb foods during the season without gaining in the middle."
Mclaughlin suggests putting your feet under hips, toes straight. Bend your knees and tuck your tush under. Lift your ribs up and roll your chest forward. Make sure your shoulder, hips and knees are in alignment. Feel how this engages all your core muscles. You can use this posture all day to charge up fat-burning! Bend it, tuck it lift it!
Being around family members who do not share your commitment to health can thwart a solid workout plan. Rather than ask them to make room for you on the couch, Rosenstein suggests "planning some family holiday activities like ice skating, sledding or cross-country skiing. Instead of driving to view neighborhood holiday displays, dress appropriately and walk through the neighborhood."
>>Tip: If you can't avoid sedentary family activities, make sure there are healthy snacks, like raw almonds, within reach.