Here’s a scary thought. Halloween is this Thursday. Here’s an even scarier thought. The holiday season is right around the corner! Now, you may be thinking, “what’s so scary about that?” Most people love the holidays. Don’t get me wrong, so do I. But, for those of us who have worked so diligently all year long to stay in shape, the sweet treats that come along with the holiday season present quite the dilemma.
Believe it or not, it’s not impossible to maintain healthy eating and workout routines during the final stretch of the year. Of course, there will be many more temptations. Which parent hasn’t taken a peek into their children’s Halloween bags to see what they may be able to snag for a quick snack? And yes, with the approaching holidays come many other social events that are bound to present smorgasbords of wonderful eats.
So how can we all make sure that the upcoming holidays don’t force us to pack on the pounds? Being a bit more diligent will be important. But there are also a few key steps that must be taken to remain our healthy and fit selves well into the new year. On MySportsClubs.com, a few tips are provided. Let’s dissect a few of those ideas in today’s blog, shall we?
Schedule your workouts like you would a meeting. So many of us (I’m guilty too!) claim that there’s simply not enough time in the day to work out. But, somehow, we’re able to accomplish so many other tasks. Why should exercising be placed on the back burner? Make it a priority by setting aside a specific time when you know you’ll be able to burn some of those extra calories you may be consuming.
Get 7-8 hours of sleep at least 3 times a week. All too often, we underestimate the importance of sleep. I’m guilty here again! According to MySportsClubs.com, you should be getting adequate sleep on a regular basis. Give your body the ability to rejuvenate itself as exhausting yourself isn’t good for your health in any aspect. The site recommends that you try to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day.
Walk outside in the sunlight. Not only does a little bit of sun provide you with Vitamin D, but it also helps to lift your mood. If you’re anything like me, you’ll be missing the summer time all winter long. That doesn’t mean that you have to miss out on the sun. Of course, sun screen is always a must. But taking a short walk to enjoy a part of each day is a great way to keep yourself active and in good spirits.
Throw your own party to ensure healthy food is served. If you haven’t already scheduled yourself in to attend a Halloween party this week, chances are you will be attending a number of holiday parties between now and the new year. Tasty junk food is bound to tempt you at each and every one of these events. How about throwing your own party so you can control what you’re eating? You can also dance away those added calories!
Go easy on the caffeinated drinks. It should probably go without saying that regular hydration is a key component to optimum health. And that means drinking water, not pop. Yes, your holiday parties will offer you plenty of opportunities to consume alcoholic beverages and sugary drinks alike. Do yourself a favour by not drinking the extra calories that are likely to come along with celebrating the season.