How To Stay In Shape During The Holidays
Every year during this time I try to get a jump start on my New Year Eve goals and make sure that I don’t put on too many extra pounds during the holiday season so I thought I would share a few tips with you guys. With so many holidays approaching, we all fear putting on a few extra pounds. After all, all the delicious food, drinks, and time spent with our families sitting and watching TV are not conducive to staying in shape. However, there are more than enough ways to guarantee that you stay in shape during the holidays as well as make you feel healthier despite eating all the delicious food.
One of the most important parts of staying in shape is keeping active even during the holidays. A simple walk around your neighborhood, a quick run in the morning, or a couple of crunches while watching the TV can improve your mood and make all the difference in how your metabolism functions. Additionally, ensuring that your workouts are fun makes all your fitness goals more attainable since they no longer seem like a chore that needs to be done.
Even if you're not going to work out intensely, always make sure to stay hydrated. Water is essential for your body to function properly and also helps in the digestion of all the food that you're going to consume during the holidays. If you're not a huge fan of plain water, try adding some mint leaves, lemon, cucumber slices, or berries to your water to give it a flavor. That way, you will be more likely to drink the recommended amount of water every day.
Sleep is essential and probably the most undervalued component when it comes to health and fitness. Sleep is a necessity for the body to perform, heal and grow the way it supposed to. Make sure you are getting he necessary rest to help your body recover and stay healthy. With so many people pushing the go hard agenda, slogans like “Ill sleep when I’m dead” a lot of fitness enthusiast can make the mistake the sleep is for the lazy or average workout guy. When reality is if you really want to achieve your ultimate potential its and essential part of your process.
Make a plan.
It might be hard to stick to a certain routine during the holidays, so it might be a good idea to make a plan. Simply write down the days that you will workout and stick to your schedule. It doesn't have to be anything extreme - it could be anything from an early morning run to a couple of situps or jumping jacks in the afternoon. What's important here is that you keep yourself accountable.
Try group workouts.
Another way to stay in shape during the holidays is to join group workout classes. They are designed to keep things interesting and entertaining, so the workout won't even feel like a workout. Some of the best ones to try are kickboxing or Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as they allow you to not only stay active but also learn some new skills that can benefit you in the future. Martial arts classes also help you develop self-defense that is very empowering to know that you can defend yourself if ever needed.
Exercise with your family.
If none of these options appeal to you, why not try exercising with your family! Working out together gives you an extra endorphin boost and helps burn those pesky holiday calories, all while having some fun. You can even turn the workout into a game to add some extra entertainment to your holiday family gatherings.
Staying shape during holidays doesn't have to be hard or dreadful. Fitness is all about keeping things fun and easygoing while improving your health and burning calories. What's more, involving your family in your workouts can be a great bonding experience for all of you. At the end of the day, remember that holidays are meant to be fun and stress-free so why not include some fitness in them for an extra fun time.
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