The Holiday season is upon us and for some that also means the Holiday fluff is inching on around that waist. You know, those 15 pounds that creep on between Thanksgiving and New Year’s and make for an even heftier New Year’s resolution. Instead of waiting for January 1st to get that weight off. Start now and make sure those pesky pounds never appear. Here are our 7 easy ways to keep the Holiday fluff at bay.
1. Eat your salad first.
During the holidays there tends to be countless meals with family, friends and coworkers. A super simple way to help keep the fluff at bay is to eat the salad first. Then once you have had your salad you can go back for the holiday sides and meat and just make sure to get smaller portions. You will feel better knowing that your meal started with vegetables and the bloat will not be as bad. That is as long as you don’t over stuff with the stuffing!
2. Get your workouts in where you can fit them.
Make your holiday shopping a workout challenge. Do lunges in the grocery aisles, glute kickbacks at checkout and even curls with your goodies during your trips from the car to the house. Having to work long hours? Squeeze in some tricep dips at your desk or calf raises at the microwave. If you are frozen in at home you can get those squats in while folding laundry or push ups while the water boils at the stove.
3. Swap the Eggnog for Soy or Almond nog.
Regular eggnog has roughly 360 calories per 8 oz cup. That is considered 2 servings. Then add to that the 34 grams of sugar for that 8 oz cup. Almond nog has 90 calories per 8 oz cup giving you the same 2 servings and only 22 grams of sugar. It is also free of dairy, lactose, gluten, casein, egg, soy, carrageenan, and MSG. And since you are saving those calories with the Almond nog you can go ahead and add that special splash of Amaretto and not even feel guilty about it.
4. Drink your H2O.
When you are not sipping on your Holiday nog make sure you are getting plenty of water. If you think you are hungry, try a glass of water first. Have it with your meals, in between those snacks and try and get in foods that are higher in water content. Apples, cucumbers, celery, iceberg lettuce, tomatoes and even radishes are all high in water content. If you can incorporate those items into your meals it will help with your water intake tremendously.
5. Get plenty of Zzzzzzzzz’s.
Sleep is major role in your health. Lack of sleep can affect your moods, eating habits and ability to focus as well as some less known side effects like memory, being more accident prone and worst of all more susceptible to getting a cold or the flu. You have far too much to do and look forward to so making sure you get the sleep needing to help your body is essential.
6. Take the stairs.
Use those legs and get the heart pumping between flights of stairs. There is always a line waiting for the elevator anyways, so grab your goodies and start the climb. At the office, the mall or your apartments you can get some good cardio just by finding that stairwell!
7. Swap your favorite Holiday dishes for it’s healthier version.
Tell me a dish you love during the Holiday’s and I bet I could find a healthier version of it. A lot of time your friends and family won’t even know that you did the switch on them. From macaroni and cheese, green beans and potatoes to cookies, cakes and pies. A google search can almost always help you make the switch. Check out some of our favorites down below!
Click on over and check out gymGO’s live personal training sessions to make sure you can get those workouts in. If you really want to eat that decadent cake or the sweet potato casserole you will want to make sure you get that good sweat session in. Sometime’s it is just about good balance. Trade that cake for a great gymGO session.
Happy Fit Holidays from your gymGO family!