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It’s the day after Halloween and thus begins the “Season’ of Eatin’.” Thanksgiving is a mere three weeks away followed soon after by Christmas. There are 60 days left in the year… How can you make the most of these 60 days, enjoy the holidays and still crush your health and fitness goals?
The holidays are a time for family, friends, and food. But if you’re trying to stay on track with your health and fitness goals, the holiday season can be a challenge. With all of the tempting holiday desserts and gatherings with friends, it’s easy to let your healthy habits slide. But it doesn’t have to be that way! With a little planning and preparation, you can enjoy the holiday season while still staying on track with your health goals.
Here are a few tips to help you stay on track:
Set realistic goals
If you’re trying to lose weight, set a goal for how much weight you’d like to lose in the next 60 days. Then, break that down into smaller, weekly goals. For example, if you want to lose 10 pounds in 60 days, that’s 2 pounds per week. Or, if you’re trying to get in shape, set a goal for how many times you’ll work out each week. Then, make sure you schedule those workouts into your calendar so you don’t miss them.
Find a workout buddy
Having someone to hold you accountable will help you stick to your fitness goals. Find a friend or family member who also wants to get in shape and commit to working out together a few times each week. Not only will you be more likely to stick to your workouts, but you’ll also have more fun doing it!
Make healthy choices at holiday gatherings
When you’re at a holiday party or family gathering, fill up your plate with healthy options first. This way, you’ll be less likely to indulge in less healthy choices. And when you do indulge, do so in moderation. One cookie isn’t going to kill your diet, but eating an entire plate of cookies will.
Drink plenty of water
Dehydration can often be mistaken for hunger, so drink plenty of water throughout the day to stay hydrated and help keep your appetite in check.
Keep a food journal
Recording everything you eat will help you stay accountable and make sure you’re not eating too many unhealthy foods.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by all of the holiday festivities, take a break and go for a walk or spend some time relaxing in a quiet room. This will help you rejuvenate and refuel so you can continue enjoying the holiday season.
Even if you can’t stick to your regular workout routine during the holiday season, try to find other ways to be active. Take a walk after dinner, go ice skating, or play some winter sports with friends and family.
Stick to a routine
Don’t overdo it. The holidays are a time for celebration, but don’t go overboard. moderation is key. Try to maintain as much of your normal routine as possible during the holiday season. This will help you stay organized and stress-free.
Get enough sleep
During the busy holiday season, it’s easy to let your sleep schedule slide. But getting enough sleep is important for both your physical and mental health. Make sure you’re getting at least 7-8 hours of sleep each night so you can feel your best during the day.
You got this…
The holidays don’t have to be a time when all of your healthy habits go out the window. With a little planning and preparation, you can enjoy the holidays while still staying on track with your health goals. Make the most of the next 60 days and start the new year off on the right foot!