Author: Jackie Thomas
After Halloween, many of us bid farewell to our carefully constructed summer diets and give in to the cozy layers of clothes and chilly dissuasive weather. With 90 days jam packed with grandma’s carby homemade stuffing, boozy high school reunions, and a windchill that will have you hibernating until May, it’s easy to say goodbye to your figure (and the gym) for a while.
Well, this year it’s going to be different. Sneak these healthy habits into your holiday season and you won’t need a “get back your gym grind” New Year’s resolution!
1.Bring a Healthy Side
Not only will you look like a superstar to the host, but you’ll also have a built in healthy choice you can load up on when dinnertime rolls around. Bring a Panera-worthy salad packed with your favorite veggies or mini zucchini pizzas for an appetizer. To satisfy a sweet tooth without the calorie overload bring a light dessert option — hello skinny pumpkin bread!
2. Run a Race
With Turkey Trots, Santa Runs and even Cupid’s Undie Run scattering the tri-state area, there are no shortage of festive races during the holidays. Brave the cold with your loved ones and sign up for a cool weather sprint. You’ll be more focused on your crazy festive outfit, delicious post-race meal and family and friends to realize you’ve lost feeling in your toes. Plus, the holidays are the perfect time to tap into your charitable side and these races usually raise money or collect food or toys for the less fortunate.
3. Go to the Thanksgiving Day Parade (or the Rockefeller Tree)
Living in the northeast metro area, we take A LOT for granted. Being a train ride away from the big apple during the holiday season is truly a gift in itself. Forgo watching the parade from the comfort of your couch and take the hike to see Peanuts and the Gang floating through Manhattan.
4. Be the Host’s Little Helper
Take it upon yourself (as long as the host is willing) to help out! Offer to set the table, mash the potatoes or refill family member’s drinks. Just try to avoid parking yourself on the couch mindlessly munching away on crackers. Stay moving (hello FitBit step goal!) and you’ll avoid ruining dinner (and your hard work at the gym).
5. Load Up + Watch Your Portions
This is a tried and true method to keep you on the right track during the holidays. First, load up on salad and veggie appetizers. These will fill your belly with waistline friendly snacks and decrease the chance of overeating. Second, pay attention to portion control. You’re probably not as hungry as you think you are, so don’t overstuff your plate. Take one serving and remember you can always go back for more later. There’s plenty of food to go around!
6. Stick to Your Workout Routine
Everyone deserves a little slack, but don’t cut yourself too much during the holiday season or you might fall into a workout rut. Hit the gym for a half hour before slaving away in the kitchen. Not only will you be less susceptible to snacking but it will release some of that holiday season stress!