The holidays bring a lot of excitement and cheer, but they may also make you a little anxious. If you are making progress in your exercise program, you may be wondering how you will make the workouts fit into your busy holiday schedule. Here are some tips to help you stay on track from Thanksgiving through the New Year.
- Eat on schedule: If you have a holiday dinner planned, eat breakfast and lunch before you go. Skipping meals is not a wise choice. If you are hungry, eat a small snack before.
- Consistency is key: Planning is the best way to stay on track. Allow yourself small portions of special foods during the holidays and plan for longer workouts on days when you know you will have the time.
- “Go for the occasional, rather than the mundane”: This was stated by Leslie J. Bonci, RD of Runner’s World in regards to selecting items to enjoy. Take a small portion of the foods that you only occasionally see for the holidays (eggnog, pumpkin pie, etc.) and skip the foods that are available to you every day (chips and dip, crackers and cheese, etc.).
- Peruse the buffet line: If your holiday party includes a large buffet table of food, walk past the entire display of food and check it all out. Make a mental note of which foods you will choose, which you will just try and which you will skip completely. Remember the real enjoyment occurs within the first one or two bites. Keep the portions small.
If you travel a lot over the holidays, keep your exercise program fresh by using mapmyroute.com or any fitness schedule. Have to eat on the run? Try using healthydiningfinder.com to locate area restaurants with healthy food.