Happy Friday and happy December, friends! It’s officially my favorite time of year. I’ve got my tree up, stockings hung, and Christmas music on que. I’ll be sharing all of my Christmas decorations on my Instagram each day throughout Christmas. I’m so excited to share these little glimpses of our Christmas traditions with y’all! You can also pin with me all season long for even more inspiration!
Is it just me or does it seem almost impossible to stay fit this time of year? Not much has changed this month with my fitness routine, so I thought I would share with y’all five ways to stay fit and keep on track during the holidays! These are pretty simple hacks, but so important to remember!
5 Ways to Stay Fit During the Holidays
- Give yourself grace. If you slip up, acknowledge it, and then move on! (This book can help with that whole giving yourself grace thing; it’s important, I promise!) Start back fresh right then and there and don’t use it as an excuse to continue eating horribly for the rest of the day.
- Indulge a little. Yes, you read that correctly. If you don’t let yourself have a few of the holiday’s treats, you’ll eventually give in and go completely off track. A little here and there won’t hurt you, but binging down the road certainly will!
- Drink up! Be sure you’re drinking plenty of water to stay hydrated during the day. Did you know that most of the time when you think you’re hungry, your body is actually trying to tell you that it needs more water? Drinking a glass of water before each meal can tremendously help you to not overeat.
- Stick to your supplements, fruits, and vegetables. Whenever your body doesn’t get the nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that it needs, it causes crazy cravings trying to get those nutrients in from any source it can. What your body is actually asking for is usually disguised as fattening and sugary snacks. Here’s some common cravings and how you can combat them:
- Sugary snacks = you need chromium, sulfur, and tryptophan. Eat this: broccoli, kale, grapes
- Bread = you need nitrogen. Eat this: lentils, oatmeal, spinach
- Soda, bacon, fries, etc. = you need calcium. Eat this: milk, almonds, oranges, kale.
- Salty snacks = you need chloride. Eat this: celery, olives, tomatoes
- Exercise. This one is pretty self-explanatory, but whenever you stick to your fitness schedule, you’re more likely to continue eating healthy. Now is a good time to shake up your exercise routine and try new things. I find that whenever I mix up my work out and throw in new exercises, I’m more motivated and look forward to getting back in the gym. I tend to set new personal records during this time which really helps me to stay motivated.
Were these helpful? How do you plan to stay on track this holiday season? Leave me a comment below, I’d love to hear and share with community!