I recently wrote a post for BostonMagazine.com on tips and tricks to help you stay on track during this crazy holiday season. I am reposting it to remind you of all the little things that make a big difference.
Start green: When you start your day healthy you are more likely to continue being healthy for the rest of the day. My go to juice is spinach, kale, green apple, celery, and lemon. If you don’t have a fancy juice machine, you can use a blender and jelly strainer, which will give you the same delicious results.
Traveling for the holidays? Pack a resistance band or jump rope in your suitcase. These are small, lightweight workout accessories that will encourage you to work out and break a sweat anywhere. Try to get in at least 15 minutes of jump rope every day. Have a resistance band? Seated rows are great for your back and posture.
Watch the toppings: Sauces, dressings, and dips can add up quickly. Be mindful and don’t overdo it on the toppings. When it comes to dressings try to stick to the vinaigrettes and avoid anything that looks creamy,
Use a wearable fitness gadget: When the cold months come rolling in it is easy to get lazy. Every morning put on your pedometer and don’t go to bed until you hit 10,000 steps. That should be your daily goal. Having a pedometer will act as a reminder to keep moving and will encourage you to park a little farther or to take the stairs.
Wear something form fitting: Not only will you show off your body, but it will help prevent you from taking seconds.
Don’t just eat it because it is there: Your work space will be filled with holiday treats and goodies. People love to bring in cookies and holiday leftovers. But, before you grab something ask yourself, ‘Would I go out and buy this right now?’ or ‘Am I just eating it because it is in front of me?’ Most likely, you aren’t hungry and don’t need it.
Order on the rocks: Adding ice to your cocktail or liquor will encourage you to drink more slowly. When the ice melts it will create more liquid and make you feel as though you are drinking more.
Go for the real dessert: Homemade dessert is the best. Avoid the store bought cookies and cakes or low fat/fat free desserts which can contain a lot of fillers, preservatives, and fake ingredients. Go for the homemade treats which will be more satisfying and leave you more content with a smaller serving.
Mint to finish: At the end of your meal chew on mint gum or drink mint tea. Mint aids in digestion and will reduce your cravings for more food.
Multi-task: This is the time of year where everyone second counts. I love to workout while cooking, do plies while brushing my teeth and put on a face mask and do some planks.
Get active with your family: Take advantage of the crisp air and enjoy fun outdoor activities. Take your family skating or plan a baseball or football game. Being active as a family is a great bonding experience as well as a great way to stay on track with your fitness.
Do you have any more tips or tricks for staying on track during this holiday season? Let me know down below!
Another great way to stay active during the holidays: sign up for my cardio dance class this SATURDAY! I