7 Ways to Feel Good and Stay in Shape this Holiday Season

Although the holidays are a time to tune out of everyday life and tune into friends and family, it can also be a stressful time. The never ending list of parties, family obligations and big meals put stress on our fitness routines. This holiday season, stay on track with these helpful tips for staying fit this winter season.

Keep on Moving and Shaking

It’s easy to succumb to being a couch potato over the holidays. Football games, parades and big meals leave us feeling slothy. Extended amounts of time sitting, especially in a plushy couch stress out our back and muscles.

Remember to stand and stay active during down time. Do a light ab workout while watching the game, or relieve some of the stress with a foam rolling session. Use TV time for a light workout to keep fit this winter season. If you find yourself sitting for long durations, get up and stand for a minute, offer to help in the kitchen or take the dog on a walk. It doesn’t need to be complicated.

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Stay Hydrated

Tis’ the season to overindulge with alcohol. Stay sharp by staying hydrated. For every alcoholic drink you have, be sure to guzzle a glass of good old H2O. Staying hydrated keeps toxins out of our body and keeps us feeling healthy.

Pay special attention to hydration if you live in a dry climate (ahem, Colorado). The cooler temps mean that the air holds less moisture. Aim to drink at least two liters of water a day for the best results and don’t skimp on salting your food (contrary to popular belief!).

Opt to Get Active with Your Loved Ones

REI is on to something with their #optoutside movement. Especially if you’re staying here in Colorado for the holiday season, take advantage of the time and get outside for a hike, bike ride, or just a walk around the park. Just a few hours in the outdoors offers a chance to stay fit this winter season and have a little fun. Friends and family coming to town? Plan a small hike and show them your favorite mountain view. Again, keep it simple.

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Photo by Flo Maderebner from Pexels

Build in Me Time

Maintain some sanity this holiday season. Constant social obligations, hosting family and running around to a million different activities can really take it out of you, both mentally and physically. Remember to build in some me time. Schedule it in your calendar (and stick with it) if you can. Do anything you would like with your free time. Plan a workout, go on a hike, do some yoga or meditate. Whatever it is, it’s for you!

Stick to the Routine

Make working out a priority. Get up early and sneak in a quick gym sesh. Opt to work out closer to home with a neighborhood bike ride or run. Remember, you do have the time to stick to your fitness routine, it’s all about how you allocate your time. Make a workout a priority in order to stay fit this winter season. Leave the family at home and do what you need to do. When you set a habit of sticking to your routine, you are reinforcing the priority of fitness in your life.

Indulge for a Night, Not the Season

It’s easy to cheat on your nutrition and over-indulge during the holidays. Put a stop to it by selecting a night or two for indulgences. Don’t say yes to every party if you feel like you’ll be tempted. Instead, pick a couple (literally two) days where you will give yourself a break. In the meantime, use the tips below to avoid overdoing it.

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Photo by john paul tyrone fernandez from Pexels.

Avoid Snacking Before Heading Out

Recent research suggests that having a light meal prior to heading out actually doesn’t encourage you to eat healthier. Sure, you may feel a little full, so you might not spend as much money, but you’ll still reach for the bread basket if that’s your weakness. Instead, focus on portion control. You can have half of your meal boxed before you dig in to avoid eating huge portions.

Now you’ve got a little holiday survival know-how you’re primed and ready for a healthy holiday season. Keep these tips for staying fit during the holidays in mind as you make your plans this season.