The best part about the holidays for many is that it gives you a chance to put your feet up and really relax, whilst at the same time enjoying lots of festive treats and indulgences that you might not partake in for the rest of the year. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with treating yourself at Christmas, but it’s important to still have one eye on the bigger picture! You don’t want to be greeted with ten extra pounds in the New Year! Here are some top **tips for staying fit during the holidays. **
1. Indoor Classes
If the weather where you are is too cold and hostile for outside activities, then make a change in your routine and keep up with some indoor classes instead. From yoga to spin to Zumba and everything in between, there are plenty of things to get excited about. The latest trend is trampolining, and it is so fun that it doesn’t even feel like exercise!
2. Fitness App
Browse through the app store and find a fitness app that suits you. Put it on the front page of your phone so that you remember to look at it every day of the holidays, and follow whatever instructions it might have for you in terms of working out, hydrating, and eating habits. Some people like this form of instructional authority over a holiday period that feels disjointed and without routine.
3. Fitness Band
Give yourself an early Christmas present by buying something like a Fitbit. Not only does it count the steps that you make and calories that you burn, but it also buzzes to remind you to be more active when you are behind schedule on your daily goals. These little reminders can be really helpful when you are in lazy holiday mode!
4. Drink Mindfully
We all like to indulge in more alcohol than usual over Christmas, but you can’t still make healthier decisions along the way. Stick to slimline drinks like vodka tonic rather than having the more calorific seasonal options like eggnog or Baileys. There are more hidden calories in some festive drinks concoctions than the foods that you immediately associate with indulgence!
5. At Home Workout
Thanks to things like YouTube and Pinterest, you can find pretty much any kind of workout tutorial online now, and for free! If you don’t want to leave the house to get to an indoor class somewhere, then just fire up the computer and bring a class to you instead! There are things for all fitness and difficulty levels, you just have to know where to look.
It is important not to be too restrictive with yourself during the holidays, because the harder you try to resist even the small temptations, the worse mood you are going to be in, and the more likely you will be to completely crash and go on a reactionary binge. It’s all about getting that perfect balance of work and play!