Staying Fit Through the Holidays
Date Posted: October 28, 2014
Well, it's that time of year again. The weather is getting colder, the darkness seems longer, and in some cases this may cause one's motivation to drop. On top of that, the temptations of the holidays are approaching beginning with the candy on Halloween, followed by the Thanksgiving feast, Christmas and New Years Eve festivities, as well as a long winter to endure after all of this. Is it possible to enjoy all the holiday celebrations as well as get through the hardships of winter and still maintain a fit lifestyle? Yes, it certainly is. Here are some of my "off-season" tips.
The change of weather and season in the tri-state area around this time of year can make one want to go into hibernation mode. The fact that we don't have to be seen in a bathing suit anytime soon doesn't exactly help the motivation factor either. It is extremely important to stay on track with your typical exercise routine even if you aren't looking to shred down for a couple of months. The fall and winter months can be a good time to work towards building and shaping muscle if used productively. If you keep up with your routine it will be an easier process once you are ready to lean out. Keep cardio in your routine. If you know that you have a holiday party to attend or are going to be eating a big meal, do your cardio fasted first thing in the morning. This allows the body to work towards burning pure fat as opposed to if you do your cardio in the evening, where the body is still burning fat but also what you consumed that day.
Change Things Up
As stated above, it is common to get into a bit of a fitness slump when the fireplace and living room couch are so appealing as opposed to the gym in the cold weather. Bored with your workout routine? Change things up. Switch around your weight lifting schedule. This is beneficial physically as well. Try to incorporate new exercises into your routine. Visit another gym for a day to change the scenery. Try a class or different type of workout such as kickboxing, cycling, or yoga. Ask a friend to join you in the gym. There are countless ways to change things up to pull you out of a plateau and make the gym something that is fun and look forward to!
Everything in Moderation
Finally, there is the diet aspect to take a look at. Countless parties, dinners, and goodies being delivered to the house pretty much from the months of October until January. In my experience I have been on both ends of the spectrum during the holidays. There have been years that I have taken "bulking" to a literal level and messed up my diet completely, indulging myself. Then there have been years that I have stuck to a diet all week and allowed myself a couple of cheat meals on the weekends or during events. I have found that the second approach was the most enjoyable overall physically and mentally by sticking to my plan, maintaining all the hard work I have put in while still enjoying my holiday favorites. Something else I have found to be vital is to keep your eating schedule the same even during big holiday dinners. If you are having Thanksgiving dinner at 5pm, don't starve yourself until dinner time in order to consume whatever you want during the meal. Make sure that you are eating, staying on your plan leading up to the meal. This will help you with portion control come game time. Drink lots of water, and get back on track the next day. If you make it a personal commitment to stick to a well balanced diet and exercise regimen, you will be sure to have a happy and healthy holiday season. Lastly, the best fit tip I can offer is to keep in sight what this time of year is really all about- giving back to the community and spending time with loved ones, for if you feel good on the inside it will shine through on the outside.
Recipe of the Week: P28 French Toast
What You'll Need
- 1 slice p28 bread
- 1/4 cup egg whites or Muscle Egg Flavored egg whites
- 2 tsp unsweetened almond milk
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1 pack of Stevia
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
Preparation & Cooking
Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Dip the bread in mixture until saturated. Cook in a pan over medium-high heat until golden brown on both sides. Top it with Walden Farm's pancake syrup!
All these ingredients are available at Fairfield Nutrition Zone!
Squats may be the "hot" move right now to achieve a toned backside, but they are not the only way to go! Exercises such as glute bridges, weighted walking lunges, stiff-legged dead lifts, and Bulgarian split squats are equally beneficial. Try incorporating one of these exercises into your next leg day!