12 Days of (staying healthy during) Christmas
The holidays can be a tricky time of year to stay healthy, but — good news! — our Time 2 Change Fitness for Women team has some timely tips and tactics for you.
(From Trainer Justin Cantwell) Day 1: Planning is your best friend. You’ve heard the expression “Fail to plan, plan to fail” — right? The holidays typical require extra planning. Think about the parties and activities you’ll be part of — then plan out how you can “budget” extra calories for those special times. (Hint: Budgeting typically means holding back on doing something, too!)
(From Trainer Jenn Hockaday) Day 2: Be “that person” who takes a healthy dish to a party! There’s no shame in taking a colorful fruit and veggie plate to a holiday gathering. Include some healthy fats and protein (dip, nuts and/or cheese work well), and your fellow party guests will appreciate having a healthier option.
(From Trainer Jose Ruiz) Day 3: Don’t starve yourself on the day of the holiday get-together. Don’t be tempted to skip breakfast that day either. Consider having a lighter lunch, if you want, for an evening get-together. And if you’re worried about overdoing it at the party, eat a light dinner before you go. Then you’ll be somewhat satisfied (and more clear-headed) when you arrive.
(Jose) Day 4: Keep healthy food and snacks prepped and available at your home. Doing this is guaranteed to keep you focused on eating right throughout the holidays. Stock up on vegetables, fruit, lean protein and healthy fats — and be sure to include your favorite healthy treats, too. You’ll be able to come home from (perhaps) overdoing it at a party and be greeted by an abundance of healthy food. No excuses with this approach.
(Justin) Day 5: Be consistent with your exercise schedule. Don’t let the busy holiday season put the squeeze on your workouts! Keep focused on your health and fitness goals and reap the benefits of workouts relieving stress. (Holidays can be extra-stressful, even with all the fun.)
(From Owner Teresa Yockey) Day 6: Cook healthy for others, as well as for yourself. Maybe you’re the person who is known for gifting people with beautiful holiday cookies. Why not change things up this year by preparing and giving nonfood-related gifts? Most of your friends and family are already tempted by way too many treats. You could tell people “I’m trying something new this year” and then shift the focus away from food to another gift of love and appreciation.
(From Trainer Levi Jansen) Day 7: Drink plenty of water. Holiday parties are known for their eggnog, wine and other festive spirits. Water is your BFF, especially this time of year. So stay hydrated during the day, and stay sober at those holiday get-togethers. Think of the calories you’ll save!
(Levi) Day 8: Enjoy the holidays in moderation. Don’t deprive yourself this time of year. If you do, it’s sure to backfire and you’ll find yourself knee-deep in mashed potatoes with gravy followed by a plate of Christmas cookies. Plan out your holiday treats and consider having just a couple bites instead of a full serving. It’s amazing how much enjoyment you can get from two bites washed down by a glass of water or cup of hot tea or coffee.
(Justin) Day 9: Put a healthy spin on those holiday classics. Google is your friend when it comes to modifying a classic, holiday recipe to make it healthier. Look for ways to change up your family’s favorite dish — chances are, they may not even know you’re sparing them from too much fat and sugar.
(Jose) Day 10: Don’t put your goals on hold for a month. Have you been working out all year to lose weight and build muscle? Then don’t let the holiday season derail your focus on fitness. You’ll be glad you did when it comes time to weighing in on January 1.
(Teresa) Day 11: Find other ways to treat yourself this season. If you’ve been putting off a hair appointment or massage, make December the month to do something fun and/or rewarding that’s not food-related. Taking time for a little pampering feels extra-good this time of year — so give a gift to yourself!
(Jenn) Day 12: Keep fighting the good fight all through the season. We all make mistakes and overdoing it at a holiday party may be one thing you find yourself wanting to undo. Take the opportunity to get back on track the very next meal! Don’t punish yourself or over-correct. Forgive your transgression and move right along.
We hope these healthy-living ideas from our Time 2 Change Fitness team inspired you to have a happy, healthy holiday. And if you’re not yet a T2C member and would like to experience one of our fast, effective, fat-melting, muscle-building 45-minute workouts, contact us today!