It’s the holiday season, and you know what that means: a busy schedule with limited time to think about exercise or meal planning. The holiday season is a wonderful and exciting time filled with quality evenings spent with family and friends, traveling to all sorts of fun activities, and all types of yummy food everywhere you look. As a result of all this fun, however, our waistlines suffer, which puts us in a bad position come January, when the excitement ends. Even those of us with a rigid exercise plan and disciplined diet struggle to find that healthy balance of enjoying all that the holidays has to offer while maintaining weight and fitness.
This year will be different though! With the following five steps, you canenjoy the holidays while maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
For starters, movement is key to health. The countless research that has been performed repeatedly tells us that sitting for a prolonged period of time is detrimental to our health. The assistant professor of exercise and sport science at Western State Colorado University, Lance Dalleck, reminds us to get up and move for at least 5 minutes every 30 to 60 minutes.
Secondly, if you have more than a few minutes or even if you only have a few minutes to spare, then think about joining a pay-as-you-go gym, where you show up to the gym when you can and never worry about a strict contract. Toronto has some of the largest and most reputable pay-as-you-go gyms that offer various fitness classes appealing to all types of fitness levels, so if you’re after a new fitness program before the holidays this is definitely your best bet – less expensive, less pushy, but still stocked with state-of-the-art equipment.
A third tip is to take advantage of the certified personal trainers and fitness coaches at your Toronto gym to help create an eating plan. It’s not only about what you eat but also about how much you eat and what adjustments can be made throughout the day to help you stay on track. Diet and exercise are often mentioned in the same breath for good reason – in order to keep trim this holiday season, you need to double up on efforts.
Fourth, be careful not to confuse thirst with hunger. Simply drinking a glass of water before a meal, before reaching for a second portion, or before a high calorie food can make a world of difference on how much you consume.
Last, but most definitely not least, don’t forget to enjoy yourself. One high calorie meal is not going to destroy all of your other healthy choices, so simply be mindful to not make a habit of daily high calorie options, skipping exercise on a regular basis, and then continuing these habits post holiday season. Remember, fitness can be fun and on your terms. Join the fitness classes after work, before a party, or whenever you have some free time, and watch yourself stay healthy, be fit, and smile while doing it all. Follow these tips and enjoy the holiday season with no worries.