Tis the season! Keeping to your weight loss goals may be the last thing on your mind right now, and can actually seem quite impossible. However, many people are able to stick to their weight loss goals even during the Holiday Season whern indulgence (of all kinds!) seems to be in fashion. Here are some really great tricks that I’ve shared with many of our clients at Smart Workout:
1.) Move before you party. This is actually an important step that most people skip once the season of Holiday parties are upon us; even if you want to just maintain your current weight, you have to keep to a workout schedule. Yes, it will be harder to get to the gym and stick to a routine when it seems that every night or weekend there is an event to go celebrate. This is where you may need to get creative about how you work out. A great list of cold-weather exercises from Women’s Health Magazine shows you that you can still find fun ways to workout when the temperatures drop! Added Bonus: when you switch up your workout routine, your muscles are confused and work in new ways!
2.) Take control of what you eat. It is true that in some situations like cocktail parties, holiday dinners, and office celebrations, you have very little control of what you will be served. However, you are always in control of what you actually eat. If you have a healthy goal on the horizon, don’t let a mindless eating incident sabotage all of your hard work. Still keep an idea of what you are eating, and plan your meals in accordance to what holiday parties you will be attending that week. Fitness Magazine offers a great menu of family-friendly dinners that are hearty and healthy!
3.) Have an after-plan. Knowing that this time of year may be difficult for you to stick to your weight loss goals, have a plan for when all the hoopla is over! You can jump-start new goals and develop your current weight loss journey with a more diligent Weight Loss Program, like the one at Smart Workout. Or, you could even plan a relaxing and healthy Fitness Vacation–since the Holidays can be stressful soemtimes too!
All in all, it is important to remember the increased difficulty of keeping your weight loss goals in check, but it is surely not impossible. It is a time of year that should be full of fun, friends, family ansd happiness, so be sure to enjoy and stay healthy this season!
-written by Sandi Partyka, Senior Fitness Assistant and C.H.C.