With Christmas and New Years fast approaching us, there is no doubt our lives (if not already) are going to be filled with many elements that may contribute to pulling us off track of our healthy routines. From the Christmas cookies (my family makes the best Christmas cookies!) to the family events, and finally, to the large dinner and lunch spreads on Christmas, chances are you are feeling a bit overwhelmed about how you are going to stay on track this year.
Here’s the good news, staying on track during times like these is not as hard as you make it up to be in your mind. Which brings me to saying, staying on track is part mental and part physical. No, I am not saying that you need to be mentally strong and hold yourself back from all of the sweets. I am saying, however, in order to stay on track AND still enjoy the holidays, you have to mentally, check in with yourself often and physically, create opportunities for you to succeed.
The other good news is that staying on track with your healthy eating during the holidays doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the yummy food traditions that you love. It also doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice family time for workouts, or vice versa!
In the following part of this post. I am going to talk to you about how you can stay on track AND still enjoy every element of Christmas and New Years with healthy substitutions on off days, change in your workout routine, healthy balances, and techniques to listen to your body.
Healthy Substitutions For Your Off Days
First off, there is absolutely nothing wrong with letting yourself enjoy the cookies and fudge on Christmas Eve. Actually, I highly encourage it because this is a key part in balance, which we will be talking about later in this post.
However, on the non-holiday days when you have TONS of leftovers, it will come in handy to have a few healthy substitutions. Now, this is not to prevent you from enjoying the yummy leftovers, this is, nonetheless, to refuel your body with some healthy nutrient dense food.
After eating foods that your body is no longer used to indulging in (and a large amount of them too. Let’s face it, no one wants to or should hold back on Christmas), your body will probably not feel its best. This is where your healthy substitutions will come in handy!
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Change Up Your Workout Routine
With the change in your schedule that the holiday season brings, changing up your workout routine is a great way to bring excitement and enjoyment to this time of your day. The holidays are such a fun and exciting time! This can make it hard for us to want to stop and make time for exercise. Changing up your workout routine will help you meet the excitement that your brain is craving and create a workout scene that you WANT to attend!
Here are a few ways to change up your routine:
- On days you feel to warm and cozy to workout, incorporate more of a stretching, mobility, and/or isolation & activation-based routine.
- Play workout games with your toddler or kid.
- Start your workout with a dance party. (Click here to see ours!)
- Branch out! Now is a great time to try a new movement!
Healthy balances are a key to staying on track during the holiday season because it allows you the freedom to still enjoy your holiday favorites. Feeling guilty about the “bad stuff” you are eating does not (or shouldn’t be) happening when you have a healthy balance of foods your body is used to consuming and foods you would like to enjoy this time of year.
A few ways to stay balanced this time of year are:
- As mentioned above, have healthy substitutions.
- Continuing to drink enough water.
- Starting off your day as healthy as possible and end your day the same.
- Let yourself off the hook, knowing that you are fully capable of getting back on track the next day.
Listen To Your Body
This is HUGE! During the majority of the year, you have been doing your best to live healthfully, or maybe you have just begun with the new year in mind. Regardless, if you have been eating healthy and exercising regularly, you will not feel optimal when you do not do this.
With that said, it is important that you listen to your body in order to feel good and not sick.
Intuitive cues are a great way to do this. Your body will tell you what it needs or doesn’t need and it is in your best interest to do your best to listen. While we can all admit that sometimes we have just a little bit to much pie, you can still listen to your body’s cues afterward, and meet its needs (which could range from a glass of water to extra time to digest).