Keepin' it Healthy During the HolidaysNov 23, 2021
It can be really easy to lose sight of your health & well-being during the holiday season!
It can be a very busy time of year with parties and family gatherings. It’s easy to overindulge on cookies, pie, eggnog and other unhealthy choices or put off that workout until the New Year.
While you don’t need to completely deprive yourself during the holiday season, you don’t need to completely ditch your healthy habits either!
Here are some tips for you to stay healthy during the Holiday Season:
Keep it movin’ as much as you can
Prioritize and plan your workouts during the Holiday weeks. Writing your workout plan on a calendar can be a huge help when it comes to accountability! If you have a busy day planned, do a short workout from the Therapy Series. Once you finish your workout for the day, make sure to cross it off the calendar!
If you have family staying at your home, kindly tell them you’d like to take 15 to 30 minutes to do your daily workout and ask them if they’d like to join! You might be surprised by how you encourage them to start living a healthier lifestyle by inviting them to join in.
Even if you can’t get your normal Grow Young Fitness workout in on holiday, try to get some movement during the day! Going for a walk with friends or family, going shopping, and playing with the grandkids are all ways to keep it movin’ without doing a formal workout.
Focus on nutritious choices
If you’re going to a holiday party or gathering, eat a healthy snack beforehand. Something high in protein like Grow Young Fitness Breakfast or Meal Replacement is a good option. This will help to keep your appetite and cravings at bay so you don’t overindulge on unhealthy choices.
Go for the healthy snacks and appetizers during parties. Instead of filling up on gingerbread cookies and chocolates, snack on veggies, fruits, cheeses and meats. This approach can help you feel full without consuming unnecessary amounts of sugar and useless calories.
Prioritize protein and fill 1/2 of your plate with vegetables. Protein is shown to make people feel full. Fill at least 1/4 of your plate with protein so you can make sure you feel satisfied and decrease the chance of overeating.
Make sure to participate in activities unrelated to food too! You can avoid overeating if you keep busy doing other things like going for a walk, playing games with family/friends, and playing with grandchildren.
Even if you do have that oversized piece of pumpkin pie or too many Christmas cookies, follow a healthy eating plan all the other days of the week! When you truly break it down, Holiday gatherings probably don’t equate to more than 5 days per year. Put your focus on eating healthy all the other days of the year!
Wishing you a very happy holiday season from Grow Young Fitness!