As the holidays quickly approach, your to do lists could be getting longer, your time feeling tight and your mind may wander to more pressing matters–like family, friends and festivities. Finding the energy to hit the gym or the self restraint to resist the delicious seasonal treats may seem impossible!
Boston Babies is featuring Boston Mom and Fitness Trainer April Cowin, creator of the Sports Club-La/Boston’s Pre-Natal Boot Camp and Post Natal Mommy Boot Camp. April provides a few helpful hints on how best to enjoy the holidays while still being mindful of “everything in moderation.”
Happy & Healthy Holidays Ladies! Tis’ the season to stay on top of your fitness goals! December is not the right time to try to loose weight but it is a great time to maintain it.
Here are a few tips to keep you on track and feeling good come New Year’s Day…
- Treasure Your Treats–The DAY of the Holiday Festivities
Enjoy all of the cookies and treats that you would like on the day of your special holiday gathering or gatherings (we all usually have a few). However, after you have enjoyed your holiday parties just say no to self indulging the rest of the time.
- After the Party, Send Your Leftovers Packing!
The same principle in tip #1 holds true for all high calorie holiday fare. Indulge on the celebration day but send the leftovers packing. It is not one meal or even a day of overeating that will cause you to put on weight. It is several days, a whole week or need I say it, a whole month of including those foods and treats in your diet.
- Anticipate Busy Weekends and Plan Accordingly
Knowing that weekends may be busy with family and parties, be extra diligent about fitting in your workouts during the week when you can.
- Maximize Your Time and Workout
If you are pressed for time in your workouts do a shorter cardio session with intervals to get your heart rate going.
- Remember You Can Train Even if You Travel
If you can’t make it to the gym at all because you are traveling, set 30 minutes aside to go for a walk, run, or do some push ups, dips, squats, lunges and planks in the guest room of your grandma’s house. This will also help clear your mind and give you a moment away from the chaos to help you enjoy your family time even more!
The holidays are a time for us to enjoy so have fun while staying conscientious of your choices and all of your previous hard work!