With all the feasting and party-going, it can be tough to keep up your normal routine during the Holidays. You’re constantly on the go, and it feels like there is some type of event every night.
Here are five small, but effective habits you can use to survive the holidays with your health and fitness intact. Keep in mind this is coming from someone who also has a Birthday over the Holidays, which adds on even more eating and drinking festivities. Let’s just say I’ve learned my lesson(s) over the years!
1. Chug, chug, chug your water. Seriously drink as much as you can. Since you’re dehydrating yourself by drinking alcohol and eating tasty salt filled foods, I promise this tactic will help you out the next day. Always have a filled water bottle by your side. After a night out, make sure to have at least 1 full glass before you go to asleep. I aim for at least 6-8 glasses on a normal day and 2-4 extra if I’m indulging in extra wine and decadent food.
2. Bring your own dish to the party. We’ve all heard the myth where the average American gains 7 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Years. Can it happen? Sure. However, having healthy options always available can help reduce the risk. We’ll always bring some type of roasted vegetable dish and/or a large salad to our events. This helps us 1.) fill up on healthy options 2.) get our greens in. You’ll also have people asking you for the recipes by the end of the night.
3. Workout in the morning. By far, the best way to ensure that you don’t miss a workout is to do it first thing in the morning. This helps guarantee that unforeseen interruptions (i.e the pre drinks you get invited to before the actual party starts) won’t interfere with exercise. Also, studies have shown our will power is higher early in the day. But don’t beat yourself up if you can’t get the workout in. There’s always tomorrow (and next year!)
4. Take your deserved time off. Follow the use it or lose it rule. If you have remaining vacation days at work, take them. Get the extra sleep your body is craving and remove yourself from the stressful daily commute. Just make sure to put your PTO days on the calendar as soon as possible, before someone else on your team swipes them up.
5. Go easy on the dessert. For us wine drinkers, this extra dose of sugar can be extremely painful the next morning. I suggest sticking to a few bites of whatever you’d like to try, but then again I’d rather drink the calories in wine.
Now it’s time to go follow my own advice.
Cheers and Happy Holidays!