5 Effortless Ways to Stay Healthy During the Holidays

The poor holiday season gets such a bad rap from the fitness industry.  Between warnings of holiday weight gain and pressure to not give in to temptation, it’s no wonder so many people find themselves either completely stressed out trying to stay “on track” or ditching their health and fitness goals for a month of bloat and guilt. The holidays should be exciting and fun. A time where you can dedicate more time to friends and family, enjoy your moms famous pies, and drink champagne while laughing until you cry with your besties. NOT a season to turn down party invites because it may ruin your “diet” or an excuse to eat every sweet in sight.

5 Effortless Ways to Stay Healthy During the Holidays PinterestIf you’ve been in a stuffing coma over the past three days, you’re not alone. Letting go of our health and fitness goals and occasionally indulging with friends and family is fun and even therapeutic. I love a reset. It helps me refocus, feel energized, and boost motivation. After a day or two of eating higher fat and sugar foods, you may notice a spike in cravings, some bloating, and fatigue. All these symptoms make it really easy to think about diving back into some leftovers. Unfortunately, eating pie for the next month, though tempting, is not a good decision. A better decision? Go back to eating as many raw, whole, unprocessed fruits and vegetables as possible, fill up on lean protein and healthy fats, and fuel with complex carbohydrates. This would be a great time to do the simple and totally free 5-Day Metabolism Jumpstart! This is the plan I use to get back on track after indulging.

Along with temptation, the holidays are BUSY leaving less time for self-care, exercise, and meal prep. It can seem daunting to try and stick to a normal routine. That is, until you see how easy these 5 effortless ways to stay healthy through the holidays are!

1. Get in short bursts of exercise throughout your day.

Even just an hour in the gym can be out of the question when life gets hectic. Instead, set your alarm 40 minutes earlier and get in a quick 30-minute, do-anywhere workout first thing. I have plenty right here! Then take 10-30 minutes of your lunch break to go for a walk and/or do some stretching. End your day with another 10 to 30 minutes of Yoga to help settle down for bed

2. Eat more raw and roasted food.

The quickest meals to make? Those that take little to no prep and cooking! Overnight oats and fruit for breakfast, a big salad for lunch, fresh fruit with Greek or coconut yogurt or veggies with hummus for snacks, and roasted veggies with lean protein for dinner are some of the quickest options. Roasting/baking your vegetables, squash, chicken, fish, etc is the less-mess meal prep option. Preheat, bake, and done! I like to wrap my baking dishes with tinfoil to cut down on dish washing time too.

5 Ways to Make Meal Prep Quick and Affordable3. Drink plenty of water.

Staying hydrated helps fend off cravings and false hunger cues, keep your skin clear, maintain energy levels, and keep your digestion regular. Make sure you’re drinking AT LEAST half your body weight in oz (more if you’re exercising). Invest a couple bucks in a 24 oz water bottle, fill it up whenever it gets empty,  and bring it with you everywhere.

4. Take ten to check in.

Grabbing a holiday cookie whenever your boss asks for a last minute project? Losing sleep worrying? Snapping over the little things? Getting muscle spasms? Being productive is great. But getting lost in the hustle and bustle without taking a moment to be still can set us up for burnout. I like to take at least 10 minutes everyday to check in with myself. I like to practice breathing techniques, guided meditation, gratitude exercises, Yoga, journal, or sit out in nature. It may feel inconvenient to have to slow down at first. But I’m more productive, centered, and focused when I give myself those ten minutes.

5. Put your phone away.

While you’re spending time with friends and family, taking your ten, cooking your meals, getting in your exercise, put the phone away. We easily lose out on being present when we feel impulse to scroll through Instagram, tweet, answer a text message, or Snap our holiday dinners. Knowing what other people are doing isn’t important while you’re creating your own memories. Set designated times where you can engage with the online world and leave the rest of the time to enjoying the precious moments of this holiday season.

How do you stay healthy through the holidays? Tell me in the comment box below.

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Health and happiness,

Emily

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Hi and welcome to Life in Spandex! I’m Emily, a personal trainer who believes there should be no secrets standing in your way to getting fit. I am sharing my knowledge here on this blog in order to help you reach your goals. Fitness should be fun, eating healthy should taste good, and feeling your absolute best is the ultimate goal. Let’s get fit together!

26 comments
  1. Great Tips to keep us fit! Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday!
    Come Back Soon
    Miz Helen

  2. My PT always talks about the benefits of a break and a reset too. These are great ideas to make an effective re-start in the midst of celebrating. As you say it’s good to have fun from time to time! Sharing on the Hearth and Soul Facebook page. Thank you so much for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link party!

    1. Thank you April!! So happy to hear your pt is helping you understand how important balance is!

  3. Good ideas, especially about drinking water. So many times we forget how important hydration is to health.

  4. Very helpful tips! It’s so hard to stay motivated during the holidays so hopefully these will stay in the back of my mind! Found you on Inspiration Monday link up 🙂

    1. Thank you Christine!! I like making notes to myself in my phone as reminders of my daily intentions 🤗

  5. I love these tips!! Especially the water bottle idea. I should just walk around with a bottle in hand as a reminder to drink. You’ve inspired me to stay healthy during the holidays!

    XO,
    Sivan | http://www.TheOliveBrunette.com

    1. I always keep a water bottle filled at my desk or in my purse 🙂 So happy I could give you some motivation this Monday! xo

  6. Drinking more water and being mindful really does help a ton

    1. I agree!!! Both take some practice but they eventually become habit

  7. I think the water tip is a good one. Helps fill you up and keep you hydrated!

    1. Yes water cures all right?? Hehe

  8. I definitely didn’t drink enough water when I was traveling last week. And I ate a ton of fried food. Guess who’s paying for it now? Whomp whomp…

    1. Haha aw man!! Well it’s never too late to get back to healthy habits 🏃‍♀️

  9. Good tips! Love the idea of short bursts of exercise.

    1. Thanks girl!! I love taking a walk on my lunch break 🧚‍♀️

  10. Thank you so much for this…it was so helpful and motivating <3

    1. I’m so happy to hear that!! Let me know if there’s anything else I can do to keep you feeling top notch 🤗

  11. Great tips! I’ve been following some of these and I feel super proud that I did not gained one pound during this 4 day Thanksgiving Holiday.

    1. Woohoo!!! And did you have fun too??

  12. These are easy ways to stay healthy during the holidays and can be used no matter where you are.

    1. Yes convenience is key when things get cray!

  13. Thanks for sharing your tips on staying healthy during the holidays!

    1. You’re so welcome Abbey! I hope they helped

  14. Awesome tips! I hit the gym for the first time since Thanksgiving and man was it rough but I’m so glad to be back on schedule. I need to make sure I’m maintaining a good water intake like you suggested!

    1. Yes hydration is EVERYTHING. From headaches to cravings, water can usually solve it :). I love working out after a big meal. So much energy! Hehe

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