5 Ways To Survive The Holidays
- Pick Your Poison – The biggest obstacle to keeping your diet on track during the holiday season is that it is, indeed, a full season long. You begin with lounging and leftover Thanksgiving and end with cheesecake and hangovers on New Year’s Day; and between them ate lots of happy hours, cookie plates and buffets. It starts with a celebratory indulgence and ends with a month long binge.
- Eat Before Your Go – being judicious with your dietary splurges does not mean you have to sit out every other celebration. Go to parties and happy hours, but plan ahead. If you know the food choices will be limited to desserts or heavy appetizers, eat a meal or substantial snack before you go.
- Become Active – Sometimes people need a reminder that they can celebrate with something other than a dinner or cocktail party. Encourage your friends, family members and coworkers to step away from the buffet by planning a healthy, festive gathering that is less about sugar and cookies and more about enjoying each other’s company. Group activities such as skiing, ice skating, sledding, and snow tubing all have the holiday vibe, but you can also dial up the teamwork component by planning to go bowling or visiting an indoor climbing gym. Shifting from food to movement is good for everyone.
- Pack A Travel Workout – Even though you have the best intentions and all the motivation, there are only 24 hours in a day. During the holidays, those hours are easily lost to travel, family obligations, holiday parties, and vacation prep. You might not have time to go to the gym, but if you have 20 minutes and a patch of floor space, you can still get in a decent sweat session.
- Embrace Recovery – The combination of increased travel, family interaction, financial strain, and unrealistic expectations make the holiday season a ripe breeding ground for stress. If you are lacking sleep or feel like you are being pulled in a million different directions, it is a good idea to allow yourself extra time for recovery. So embrace the rest days whenever you are feeling drained.