Five Ways to Stay Fit Through the Holidays
- BY: MOLLY GOLDBERG
- Nov. 8, 2016
Oh, the holidays. What’s not to love? The holidays bring us time with the fam, time off work, and plenty of time with our credit cards. Whether it’s buying gifts for others or for ourselves to remedy a lonely state, the holidays are always a reason to shop. The holiday season is also a reason to relax and wind down. The air is colder and the fire really is so delightful. So when we’re not shopping or catching up with friends and family, something about the holidays makes us want to cozy up on the couch with a bottle of white and a personal box of red and green-sprinkled biscuits.
Here are some ways to not add 5, 10 or (Santa help us) 15 pounds on whilst enjoying the laid-back, carb and sugar-abundant holiday celebrations.
1. Youtube Workout Videos
Youtube has millions of workout videos for all areas of the body. Seriously, I found quite a few workouts that target the FUPA specifically. You can’t find that at Equinox people. Youtube video workouts are so darn convenient, especially when you don’t want take of your pajama pants and tread through winter winds.
2. Stay Hydrated
Believe it or not, sometimes your brain can confuse hunger for thirst. Before you reach for that pumpkin pie, try drinking tall glass of water first. Drinking water before a meal is an effective method to avoid overeating.
3. Keep it Moving
Relaxation is a perfectly acceptable holiday pursuit, but it can’t persist 24/7. You don’t have to jog around the whole town handing out your Christmas cards, but you should keep relatively busy. Walk the dog, do the laundry, build a snowman. Just keep it moving. Sure, there will be days you just want to binge watch for hours, and that’s okay every once in a while. Just don’t hibernate all day every day. If you do, you’ll not only fail at keeping fit, but you’ll be blurring the lines of a depressive state.
4. Indulge in Moderation Only
Like almost everything in life, the key to unwanted weight gain is moderation. It’s okay to indulge, especially on the holidays…but there’s no need to do it every night of the season.
5. Tune Into Your Body
Are you indulging because you’re bored? Is your body starting to feel a little rundown from eating too much junk? Tuning into what your body really needs (not wants) is vital to keeping it fit and healthy.