My favorite time of year is here!! September, October, November, and December…better known as the “-ber months.” And while I absolutely love this time of year filled with my favorite holidays, family gatherings, it is also a time of year filled with a lot of food and a lack of time to exercise. So it’s time for a few healthy holiday tips to keep you on track!
These healthy holiday tips are designed to help you enjoy the holidays without completely abandoning your diet and workout plans…
Choose your favorites. When it comes to Halloween candy don’t eat one of everything and then regret it later. Instead choose the one or two kinds of candy you like the most and just enjoy a couple of those. Same goes for the holiday cookie trays at work…choose your favorite and enjoy that one!
Complete a fitness challenge. Every year there are quite a few fitness and nutrition bloggers who host holiday fitness challenges, so I join one of those every year. I also choose one or two 30-day fitness challenges to complete on my own to keep me active and balance out the extra calories.
Create active holiday traditions. Establish holiday traditions that allow you to be more active. A few examples: Holiday 5k’s (there are quite a few turkey trots, Santa runs, ugly sweater runs and more holiday themed 5k’s), ice skating, sledding, Thanksgiving football and more.
Plate your food. The holidays are filled with gatherings with buffets which makes it easy to overeat and graze leaving you unsure of how much you’ve even eaten. Instead get a plate, choose your food and then stick to what’s on the plate.
Practice portion control – It’s okay to eat one of your grandma’s cookies, but you most definitely don’t need to eat eight of them!
What tips do you have for staying healthy during the holidays?