Staying on track with nutrition and fitness during the holidays can be challenging, but it’s definitely possible with some planning and commitment. Our trainers and wellness staff here at the BAC came up with some tips to help you stay on track!
1. Set Realistic Goals:
Understand that the holiday season is a time for celebration, and it’s okay to indulge occasionally. Set realistic goals that are achievable and maintainable.
2. Plan Your Meals:
Plan your meals ahead of time, and try to stick to your regular eating schedule as much as possible. Include plenty of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains in your meals.
3. Practice Portion Control:
Enjoy holiday treats in moderation. Be mindful of portion sizes, and try to avoid going back for seconds.
4. Stay Hydrated:
Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Sometimes, feelings of hunger can actually be due to dehydration.
5. Choose Wisely at Parties:
When attending holiday parties, scan the food options before filling your plate. Choose smaller portions of high-calorie foods and fill up on healthier options like veggies.
6. Be Mindful of Alcohol Intake:
Alcoholic beverages can be high in calories. If you choose to drink, do so in moderation and consider lower-calorie options.
7. Stay Active:
Maintain your regular exercise routine as much as possible. If your schedule gets busier, find creative ways to stay active, such as taking short walks, doing quick home workouts, or engaging in holiday-themed activities.
8. Involve Others:
Share your health and fitness goals with friends and family. Having a support system can help you stay accountable, and you might find others who share similar goals.
9. Prepare Healthy Options:
If you’re hosting a holiday gathering, include healthier food options. You can find delicious and nutritious recipes that still fit the festive theme.
10. Practice Self-Compassion:
Remember that it’s okay to enjoy holiday treats in moderation. If you indulge a bit, don’t be too hard on yourself. It’s about finding a balance that works for you.
11. Get Enough Sleep:
Ensure you’re getting adequate sleep, as lack of sleep can impact your energy levels and decision-making when it comes to food choices.
12. Stay Positive:
Focus on the positive aspects of the holiday season, such as spending time with loved ones and creating cherished memories. Don’t let concerns about food and fitness overshadow the joy of the season.
Remember, it’s about finding a balance that works for you and allows you to enjoy the holidays while still prioritizing your health and well-being. If you feel like you need some help or motivation to keep you going, we are always here to help!
Wishing you and your families a safe and happy holiday season.
Your BAC Fitness and Wellness Team