The holiday season is in full swing. The travel, celebrations, and stress that come with it can challenge you to stay on track with your fitness goals. But, enjoying every part of the upcoming holidays does not have to mean giving up on your wellness goals! Here is how you can enjoy the excitement of everything happening from now until the New Year without losing progress towards your fitness goals.
Make Time to Reduce Stress
Do you find yourself feeling stressed during the preparation and excitement of holiday gatherings (even if you're not the one hosting?) Increased levels of stress hormones can have a detrimental effect on your health and overall well-being. It's important that you make time for stress relief throughout the course of the holiday. Try to set aside time to relax in a yoga class, focus on yourself during a personal training session, or get some alone time while you do an at-home workout to help you stay on track and feel better.
Enjoy in Moderation
The key to staying healthy over the holidays is not to exclude yourself from all of the fun. Instead, try to enjoy your favorite foods in moderation. Avoid binging on your favorite holiday treats and snacking throughout the day. By limiting your unhealthy intake, you can stay on track with your fitness goals and eliminate the negative physical and mental effects of overindulging. The practice of enjoying in moderation can help you sate your hunger and cravings without offsetting all of your previous fitness work.
If You Can't Find a Healthy Option, Make One!
It can be hard to choose healthy meal options when they are not available at your Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas celebrations, or New Year's Eve party. Try to prepare healthy dishes that your whole family can enjoy. There are plenty of delicious, healthy alternatives that you can make and mix in with the traditional holiday favorites. This practice also helps you extend your healthy lifestyle to the ones you love. Making more nutritional food options available can help you and your family enjoy a healthier holiday season together!
Keep an Eye on Your Liquid Calorie Intake
While many of us are incredibly attuned to the caloric composition of our food intake, it can be easier to forget about the calories found in what we drink. While it's okay to enjoy in moderation, try to remain aware of how many calories are in your drinks and enjoy healthier drink options. Cutting back on sugary sodas and other unhealthy beverages can help you stay on track with your fitness goals while still enjoying your holiday celebration.
Finding time to work out during the holidays is a simple way to stay on track for your fitness goals. If you are looking for a way to offset the holiday lull, try to make time in your schedule for a couple of workouts before and after the holiday. After all, even a small workout is better than no workout at all! Whether it is a post-dinner walk or a pre-holiday group fitness class, knowing that you are getting your workouts in can help you ease your mind as you enjoy the holiday feast.
O2 Fitness Holiday Schedule
The O2 Fitness Family wants you to enjoy a healthy and happy holiday with us! Check-in with your preferred gym location for the O2 Fitness modified holiday class schedule. Our holiday class offerings are designed to help you balance your workouts and time with friends and family.
If you are looking for a gym that will help you stay fit this holiday season, O2 Fitness is here for you! Our fitness network will provide wellness support, group fitness classes, personal training, advanced equipment, fitness community, expert instructors, and accountability that can help you meet and exceed your fitness goals. Contact your local O2 Fitness location today to get started!