With the holidays coming up it’s easy to break away from your healthy routines and slide into the inertia and high calorie indulgence of the season. While it may be tempting to let yourself off the hook by saying you’ll pick up the healthy habits after the New Year, resist the urge with the these tricks. Here are a few tips to keep your healthy habits going.
Watch your portions. This may sounds like a no brainer, but it’s harder than it seems. A nice trick is to only eat what you can fit on your plate. This doesn’t mean loading it sky high, but be sensible about your serving size. Load up on healthier food items like veggies and meats and watch out for those super high carb items. Don’t deny yourself that slice of pie, but don’t eat three of them!
Get a friend involved. Having someone that can hold you accountable will help you resist the urges to go all out. Plan to activities like walking or hikes. Be active and social during these times.
Maximize your workout. We all are on tight schedules during the holidays so ramp up those exercises and cut down on the time of your workout. You should plan a high intensity workout that last about 30 – 45 minutes.
Watch out for the booz! The liquor and alcohol will most likely be flowing at some point during the holidays. It’s easy to keep going once you’ve had a couple; watch what you drink and be wary of those sugary drinks. Keep those high caloric drinks away and mix that alcohol with soda water.
Lastly, make sure to treat yourself. It’s easy to say “screw it,” and partake in the comforts of good food and drink. You can still treat yourself without doing damage on your waist line. Schedule some YOU time! Buy yourself a day at the spa or indulge in a facial. Do something that makes you feel good, but doesn’t require stuffing your face!