For this weeks fitness tip I want to talk about how to avoid the holiday hangover, but I’m not referring to the hangover from wine and eggnog. We all know the holidays are tough because it tempts us with cookies, pies, and grandma’s best secret recipes. After all the family parties and holiday cooking you end up feeling as though you’ve gained 10 pounds in a week and completely fell off the fitness train. Then on top of it, if you live somewhere cold you probably are tempted to stay inside since it is cold and binge watch Netflix.
It’s important to know that these things are totally okay to enjoy on your holiday vacation but you shouldn’t have to feel guilty about it afterwards. You can enjoy doing these things and still stay on track towards your fitness goals. How? It’s actually incredibly simple- do physical activity every day. Try to hit the gym as often as possible but when you can’t do something else active. Go ice skating with some friends or family, get some extra laps in around the mall while doing your holiday shopping, go sledding (if you live somewhere with snow, if not then it’s warm enough to go for a run, right?). The key component to staying on track is consistent physical activity. Try to avoid any day where you literally sit and remain a couch potato the entire day. Take the time to try new fitness classes you’ve been wanting to go to- yoga, cycling, kickboxing, Zumba. Switch it up and have some fun and I promise you won’t feel all that guilt after enjoying mom’s holiday baking.
Happy Holidays from Bowlfit!