How to Get Through the Holidays Without Gaining Weight

Most people on a quest for fitness worry about how to maintain their health and fitness during the holiday season. Especially if you travel, you may not have access to a gym on a regular basis or be able to keep a regular diet and exercise schedule. Never fear, we’ve compiled a few tips to help your health and fitness lifestyle during the holidays.

Keeping up with exercise

Let’s assume that you’re traveling for the holidays and don’t have access to a home gym. That is what happens to most people during the period from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day and is one of the most common reasons that many people gain weight. Your health doesn’t have to suffer! If you’re driving, make sure to toss a few free weights or a medicine ball into your trunk. Obviously, this is not as option if you’re flying, but it can help to burn those few extra calories. Go for a run outside on the nice days or borrow a bike from your family members. It helps to be realistic with your expectations. Most people who are used to going to the gym five times a week are disheartened by only being able to work out two or three. Don’t get discouraged – work with what you’ve got and make the best of it. Make a plan ahead of time – many websites offer customizable health programs that you can do at home with no equipment needed. Try Tabata or a HIIT routine – quick short bursts of cardio followed by small amounts of rest repeated over and over until fatigue. You’ll get a great workout with only your own body weight, burn calories, keep your health strong and maintain your body over the holidays! More details here:

Staying true to your healthy diet

Health flies most quickly out the window due to the food around the holidays. Isn’t food the first thing you think of when you think of Thanksgiving? We’re all used to sitting around that dinner table, top button of our pants unbutton, groaning while eating that last slice of pumpkin pie with whipped cream. The average holiday meal averages about 4,500 calories. Think about that for a second. Most average people who go to the gym regularly and are concerned about their health eat between 1200 and 1500 calories a day. This is three times that in just one meal. See why people tend to gain weight? It’s hard to say no and we’re not advocating that you do! Indulgence is important when done with moderation and keeps you from splurging and giving up. Many people also find that their family members, although well intentioned, tend to push you harder if they find out you’re on a “diet” or trying to eat healthier. Take a small portion of your favorite, must have things and skip out on those things that you can do without.

Whether trying to figure out the gym or just how to maintain your overall health through the holiday season, just remind yourself to be real, be kind and do what you can. Your health will thank you!