The holiday season is a stressful and busy time where we tend to fall off our daily routines. Healthy habits like working out and eating well tend to be the first thing to fall to the wayside due to holiday parties and losing track of time. When we fall off our usual routine completely, it becomes more difficult mentally to get back on the horse when the time comes. There are definitely strategies you can try to put in place to help keep you somewhat on track, even if it isn’t the 100% you’re used to. Try implementing some of these tips so when you’re ready for your normal routine again, it isn’t as difficult.
Set Realistic Expectations for Yourself.
If you have a busy holiday season coming up, don’t expect yourself to be doing full workouts every day like you normally would. Keep your expectations realistic. Plan to do 20-minute workouts three times a week instead of 60-minute workouts four times a week. If you’re able to do more than the lowered expectations, then great! It’ll feel like a bonus for you.
Try to schedule your workouts into a busy week at the beginning of it. If you’re able to set aside the specific time before or after work, or during a time when you know you’re going to be able to set aside for yourself, it will be easier to commit to those times. Eliminating the stress of when you’re going to be able to exercise is a huge help!
Do a Quick Workout Before That Party with LIVE @ Home.
LIVE @ Home is our new online on-demand workout library. We add workouts daily that can be done anytime, anywhere with little to no equipment. Squeeze one in before a holiday party to help uplift your mood and keep you feeling great. You can sign up for this membership here.
Keep Workout Gear Handy.
Pack your workout gear to bring with you when you’re headed to work or running errands. If you can run to the gym on a whim, you’ll be prepared. Another method is to wear workout clothes when you’re out and about. This way, if the opportunity to work out comes, you’re ready to go!
Focus on Making Memories Instead of Food.
The holidays are all about spending quality time with family and friends. Going to parties or gatherings (socially distanced, of course) usually means there’s going to be tasty hors d’oeuvres and tons of other food. While this is a great addition to a fun evening, the main reason most of us go to these gatherings is for the people who are going to be there. Spend your time with the people whose company you enjoy! Engage in good conversation, catch up, reminisce. Keep things fun and moving. You’ll forget all about being tempted by the food! If you can’t see yourself enjoying the company of anyone that will be at a particular gathering, it may even be worth reconsidering if you even want to go. Why do things that make you unhappy?
Don’t Feel Ashamed or Like You Need to “Earn” Your Food.
If you have your eye on a piece of cake, or a nice plate of pasta, let yourself have it without the guilt! Don’t feel like you did something so wrong by indulging in moderation. It’s not something that you’re doing every day. Let yourself enjoy it without thinking you need to run 3 miles the next day to make up for it. You don’t need to “earn” a tasty piece of food that you don’t eat every day.
Watch Your Alcohol.
An easy thing to put a limit on is how much alcohol you consume at a party. If you’re absolutely looking to watch what you eat at a party, maybe try watching what you drink instead. All alcohol has calories, and none of them actually make you full. It can be very easy to drink your way to an extra 300-500 calories with just a few drinks. Eating a little something indulgent can fill you up and be easier to put a limit on, and you won’t feel as dehydrated and hungover in the morning from it.
Allow Time for Extra Sleep.
Schedule a little more time to sleep during the hectic holiday season. We build a lot of stress and anxiety during this time and not getting enough sleep only adds to it. An extra hour of sleep or a quick nap midday can make all the difference.