Fit Tips for the Holidays

November 24, 2014

Good morning my sweet fellow Mississippi bloggers!  Some of you may have started your Thanksgiving break already, congrats!  Mine will start today at 4:30pm.  For those of you who work Tuesday & Wednesday, just think happy thoughts and drool over thoughts of your favorite Thanksgiving foods and you’ll survive.  I promise!  As part of our Fitness in Fall theme, I wanted to share some tips for staying fit during the holidays.  We’re all expected to gain 5-10 lbs between November & December, but what if I told you that it didn’t have to be that way?  What if you used some of these simple tips to ward off the 5-10 lbs?  Then you’ll feel fresh & ready to take on 2015!  Well, listen up…..

  • Get active BEFORE you eat

If you can sign up for a 5K or 10K on Thanksgiving day, do it!  You don’t have to run it, you can walk.  Getting out first thing in the morning before the foods been served will assure that you’ll at least get in a workout that day.  Be careful though, you may be inclined to eat more than you really need.  Listen to your body.  Most places don’t hose a race on Christmas day, but get out for a 30min walk after opening presents.  The key here is to get active BEFORE the food hits the table.

  • Drink lots of water

Water is one of the best things you can do for your body!  It will help flush out the additional sodium you’re getting from the heavy meals and also keep you well hydrated if you enjoy a few too many beverages.  Water will also help you get through some fit activities between now and New Years!

  • Portion Control

I know that’s a crazy suggestion during the holiday season, but it’s so important!  On your first plate, grab small portions of each item you need, eat that plate, and if you’re satisfied then only go back for very small portions of items you were unable to fit on your plate, but just want a taste of or just go back for small helpings of dessert.  If you’re not satisfied with plate number one, then go back for plate number two and be conscious of small portions again.  Once your satisfied, wash off all of your dishes so you’re not tempted to go back for more out of boredom.  Leave the table or play with the children to distract yourself from the food.

  • Challenge Yourself

Do a fitness or healthy eating challenge between Thanksgiving & Christmas.  There is definitely nothing wrong with indulging every now & then, but to consider the whole month of December to be an over-indulgent time is not healthy.  Enjoy your Thanksgiving meal and taste every dish that looks appetizing to you.  Create a healthy challenge that goes between Thanksgiving & Christmas, then you’ll be ready to fully enjoy your Christmas meal & celebrate New Years without 5-10 lbs attached to your body!

What other Fit Tips do you have for the Holiday Season?!

Have you been doing the Fitness Challenge with MSWB?  How is your success going?

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Heather is the writer of No Bologna Blog and November’s Blogger of the Month!  She recently became a vegetarian at the beginning of the year, hence her blog name.  She enjoys running & biking while desperately wishing she was a good swimmer.  Heather lives in the Jackson, MS area and has to find ways to keep herself motivated in order to maintain an active lifestyle.  Follow Heather for healthy eating tips & recipes as well as fitness motivation.

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