November 29, 2011 by Imprint Fitness
7 TIPS FOR STAYING FIT DURING THE HOLIDAYS
I hope everyone is loving getting healthy and fit! It is the Holiday Season and now is the time of year where we start to fall off our healthy eating and fitness schedules. This is the perfect time to start or join a fitness program-( Imprint Fitness Bootcamp!!) to help keep you on track. Find a group of friends to do it with you and help keep everyone accountable.
1. Add exercise to your weekly calendar– if you don’t already exercise, now is a great time to start. Even if it is just a short brisk walk of 10-30 minutes a day, exercise helps you burn calories and relieves holiday stress. Be sure to schedule your workouts just like other appointments such as the dentist, doctor and parties. Do it with a workout buddy to make it more fun.
2. Log your food into a journal or use free online programs like “dailyburn.com” to help keep track of everything you put into your mouth. Most of the time, by the end of the day we do not realize or remember everything we ate during the day, especially all those little bites here and there. So think if you bite it, write it.
4. Pick two days a week and treat yourself to 1 or 2 Cheat Meals. This does not mean going overboard, but allows you to still enjoy your favorite foods. Try to avoid being at home when you cheat. Go OUT! Order a dinner and a dessert if you feel like it. Doing this allows you to forgo the urge to keep checking the pantry all night long (if your idea of a cheat meal is that bag of Oreos!) If you follow the rest of the tips listed here, the other days will balance out the extra calories.
5. Hire a personal trainer or join our Fitness Bootcamp! Both help keep you accountable to your fitness goals and you won’t want to let your trainer or the group down either! Call us at 716-867-1239 for details!
6. Drink Alcohol in Moderation at the Holiday Parties. Limit your intake to no more than a drink or two at the most. Alcohol is just empty calories and usually leads to eating too many other foods without even acknowledging it.
7. Be sure to get plenty of sleep each day. Without a good night’s sleep you’re going to feel the stress of the holidays even more and make bad choices for food and exercise.
You can eat, drink and be thankful and merry this holiday season—just do so in moderation and you won’t regret it when January arrives.