Maybe you’ve made good progress throughout the year. You stuck to your exercise routine, ate healthy, slept well and stayed hydrated.
But, now the holidays are here. It's a time for celebrations. This means there's an abundance of sugary and fatty foods ready to throw you off your healthy habits. Oh the temptations that await you! Even a health and fitness coach will tell you to beware.
All is not lost. You can end the year strong and go into the new year even better.
Take these tips from ten fitness experts on how to stay healthy and avoid packing on the pounds for the holidays.
1. Jillian Michaels
Jillian Michaels is a personal trainer and television personality who appeared on the biggest loser. She is a fitness expert and renowned life coach.
She agrees that being devoted to a healthy lifestyle during the holidays is challenging. But you've got to be up for the challenge.
Don’t abandon all of the progress you’ve made throughout the year for a few tasty binges.
Allow yourself some occasional indulgences while scheduling workouts and planning for the most nutritious meals as possible. Above all, keep a healthy mindset.
2. Shaun T
Celebrity fitness trainer and inventor of “Insanity” and "Focus T25 Workout" recommends a goal to wear skinny jeans throughout the holiday season.
Finish strong by staying hydrated with a glass of water before you treat yourself to a snack.
Welcome the greens for more power, and opt for a dairy-free smoothie instead of the cocktail. Keep up with the workouts, and enjoy the holidays.
3. Tony Horton
Don’t let the holidays sideline your hard work. This according to personal trainer, former actor and author Tony Horton.
Stay consistent with all of the healthy habits you’ve put effort into creating a healthy lifestyle.
Stay focused and purposeful in every decision you make when it comes to exercise or food. But leave room in your plan for some slack when it comes to treating yourself and celebrating.
Pay special attention to steer clear of overindulgence of sugar, salt and alcohol.
Stick to the 80/20 or 90/10 rule, eating 80 percent or 90 percent healthy foods and allowing yourself 20 to 10 percent of goodies.
4. Shawn Stevenson
Nutrition expert Shawn Stevenson, says there is no need to take the fun out of the holidays. Instead, be aware to follow healthy tips to avoid weight gain.
When it comes to preparing for the holidays, be proactive and ready for the season’s challenges by understanding the cause of weight gain.
Don’t succumb to peer pressure, eat foods that reduce cortisol and increase serotonin, stay hydrated, and keep up the exercise.
Have a lot of foods prepared using fresh vegetables and snack on fruits.
5. Natalie Jill
Best selling author and online personality Natalie Jill is an advocate of smart eating. She says to fill yourself up with healthy foods before heading to a party. In that way, you won't consume the plethora of unhealthy food options. Also, don’t forget to drink plenty of water.
Take advantage of everyday opportunities to get physical by taking simple steps like parking farther away from store entrances so you have to walk.
Most importantly, have a workout plan.
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6. Joe Wicks
The Body Coach, Joe Wicks, reminds us that sweets and fattening foods are not the only options for celebrating.
Choose plenty of lean meats, fruits, and stay hydrated. He recommends High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT).
There is no special equipment that is needed and it can be completed in as little as 20 minutes. Ultimately, take time to relax and enjoy the holidays.
7. Jeanette Jenkins
Be vigilant about sticking to your schedule says health coach Jeanette Jenkins. Allow yourself one or two days when you party and no more.
When you go out for drinks, first order iced-tea or water to buy some time and save a ton of calories. The same applies to eating a meal.
Before you eat, drink water. Before you leave for a party, eat a healthy meal.
Eat your meal in a precise order, starting with a salad and moving onto a protein and then another healthy vegetable. Bring a dish to the party of a healthy alternative to a usually not-so-healthy option.
Keep yourself accountable by starting a food journal. You can write down everything you eat or drink and how much you work out. Above all, don’t skip your workouts. Make them a priority.
8. Steve Kamb
Fitness instructor and publisher Steve Kamb acknowledges it's challenging. The pressure is on for you to give up your healthy lifestyle and give into all of the sugary treats and lazy moments of the holiday season, but that doesn’t mean you have to lose your head.
Make it your goal to maintain at least three healthy workouts a week and at least one healthy meal every day.
Even if you’re traveling or fighting winter weather, don’t go more than two days in a row without taking care of yourself by exercising.
Go so far as to make a pledge to stick to it and keep a vigil watch.
9. Ben Greenfield
Ben Greenfield, a top personal trainer and holistic nutritionist gives you actionable advice. Before the party, prepare yourself by eating a healthy snack.
Once the foods are passed around, try to fill up on vegetables, and eat slowly.
Eat your pie, but choose one that is rich in fiber like pumpkin over a sugar-laden one.
After the meal, take a walk but don’t overdo exercise. Most importantly, relax and have fun. Enjoy the holidays.
10. Mark Sisson
Mark Sisson, a former distance runner and ironman competitor gives smart advice. Conventional wisdom says eat normally after a holiday binge, but the body says differently. (Guess which one I’m inclined to heed.)
Maybe the digestive fallout makes fasting a given, but even if you’re able to eat, give your body a break until early or even mid-afternoon.
So, you overdid it with eating. Don’t worry! Start with avoiding antacids, drink some tea, and begin a morning fast. Get outside for some fresh air and soak in the vitamin D of the sun, even if it’s cold. At night, treat yourself with some veggies and protein. Get a good night’s sleep to top off your day of recovery. These are just some quotes from some of the top fitness personalities. Following their advice will help you stay in check but most importantly help you to enjoy the holidays guilt free.
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