The hectic holiday guide to keep your health goals through the silly season

Fitting fitness in is difficult at any time of the year. I am a personal trainer and I teach group fitness classes, and I love to work out. But still, I literally have my fitness plans to my weekly schedule, make sure there is someone around to watch the kids, and be ready to adjust if a work emergency pops up (and let’s be honest: that emergency situations seem to manifest as a day).

Add in the holiday parties, the end of year work deadlines, family visits, and travel, and it feels almost impossible to make it all happen. Plus, the tension rises as the new year approaches and everyone begins to ask: “What are your good intentions?”

Not to use an already used phrase, but it is really crucial to put on your oxygen mask first. Take care of yourself, and you can take care of everything and everyone around you.

So, let’s talk about a few hectic healthy holiday strategies that can help you to stay on track.

Nutrition and Diet

There is something just so nostalgic about holiday treats. Pumpkin spice invades the shelves, everyone starts bringing cookies and homemade treats to the office, and you have to dig out the old family cookbook to create some of the most delicious and special dishes from your childhood holidays.

It is so easy to think, “It is good to welcome, because I almost never have to eat these things”, or “I’ll make up for it after the holidays are over and go back to a more balanced diet.” But that quickly leads to not just one cookie, but three – or seconds, and the third if you are already full.

A popular approach to the holidays, the health is the 80/20 rule, where 80 percent of the choices are healthy and smart, and 20 percent are nice and luxurious. It is a way to feel fulfilled and enjoy some special treats without completely derailing your lifestyle. You can also apply on your plate: 80 percent of what your stack is healthy (roasted vegetables, lean proteins, whole grain products) and 20 percent is what you want!

I find that that 20 percent guidance is incredibly useful, because it really reminds me of the choose of the things that are special are and that I really want, and not just a part of everything.

Source: Blog

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