It might be the holiday season, but you can still keep your physique in check with these keys to staying fit through the holidays!

By Roger Lockridge

The holiday season is considered by most to be from Thanksgiving until New Years. This is about six weeks, which isn’t a long time but that doesn’t mean a lot can’t happen. It’s real easy to back off of your workouts and eat a few extra calories here and there. The next thing you know, you’re going to make a New Year resolution to get back to where you were before the holiday season started.

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Now I’m not saying you shouldn’t enjoy this time of year and that you must diet throughout. Far from it, you should enjoy this time of year just like everyone else. But your goals and fitness level doesn’t have to suffer either.

There are few ways you can still make the most of the holidays and not only maintain your physique but you might even improve! These tips aren’t crazy hard to fit into your schedule either, but will make staying fit through the holidays a lot easier to manage.

Superset Weight Training and Cardio

This method has taken off in the last couple of years and has become popular for two reasons. First, you’re doing more work in less time because you don’t have to stay in the gym and do cardio after. Second, you can burn a few extra calories which is always a win regardless of what time of year it is. Simply perform your weight training exercises like you normally would. Instead of resting between sets, commit 60 seconds to doing a bodyweight movement like burpees or shadow boxing. You can skip rope too.

I don’t recommend doing an elliptical or treadmill but find something you can do that is within a close proximity of the space you’re doing your weight training. This small tweak will be a challenge but once you’ve done it a few times you’ll feel and see the difference.

Eat Your Protein First

The big family meals are normally set up so the big meat is at the center. That is also normally the first thing everyone wants on their plates. Just make sure that it’s the first thing you eat off of it too. The calories and amino acids that are in the protein will be put to good use since the muscles need them. Protein can also help you keep your blood sugar at a healthy level. Plus, eating the protein source can help you feel full a little sooner, so you’ll be less likely to go all-out on any of those dishes that aren’t diet friendly. Staying fit through the holidays doesn’t have to be boring!

Enjoy Yourself!

The worst thing you can possibly do this time of year is get so stressed out that it causes you to not enjoy the season at all. Being happy is the most important part of this time of year and you have every right to enjoy it. While focusing on fitness and improving your health is great, it shouldn’t be an obsession. There will be enough to think about as it is and extra stress can result in cortisol levels being elevated. Cortisol can create chaos in your body resulting in fat levels potentially increasing and you being more tired. It can also affect your immune system which increases the chances of you getting sick. At the end of the day, do your best to enjoy yourself and not let details bother you. That will be the best thing you can do for yourself until the New Year comes around and you’re ready to get back to work.

 

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