It’s the holiday season and for most of us food is a major theme of this season and it can be challenging to stay healthy during the holidays. However, healthy habits don’t have to slide off track. You can enjoy the holidays without having to take a vacation from health and your good habits.
But how? We at TrainAway have listed down five tips to help you stay healthy during the holidays, while enjoying this season.
Stick to one healthy meal a day
With food being one of the major themes of the holidays it’s important to be mindful of your consumption. Try to maintain your normal diet routine as much as possible and make sure that you always stick to at least one healthy meal a day. This doesn’t mean restricting yourself from eating all the delicious holiday food, but rather to avoid overeating.
Even though you had a big meal the day before, avoid punishing yourself by skipping meals the day after and just have a more healthy meal. Skipping meals will only make you hungry and want to treat yourself, which will only lead you to eat bigger meals.
Keep a gym schedule
While the holiday season is a good time to relax and enjoy time with your family and friends, it’s also a good time to go to the gym, since most of us are on a vacation from work or school. However, it can often be challenging to put aside time for a sweat and to stick to our normal gym routine when our social-calendars are packed. A good idea to maintain your routine is to plan your workouts for the week, note the ‘gym days’ in your schedule and stick to it! Remember that a short workout is better than none. If you can’t go for a whole hour to the gym, try to go for a short 20-30 minute full body workout in the morning before your holiday schedule starts.
Another good tip is to get family and friends to join you at the gym, since the holiday is a family and friend affair for many of us. What better way to spend quality time with friends and family than doing it at the gym? Having a gym partner will also make it easier for you to stick to your plan.
Make sure you get enough sleep
Sleep will often take a low priority alongside everything else you have on. However, it’s extremely important to maintain your sleep routine, as sleep is the foundation to preserve our health. Lack of sleep will decrease your energy level and with limited energy you are less likely to be active. Lack of sleep may also lead to hormone imbalance, which generates increased appetite. With too little sleep you will feel tired, and consequently you eat sugar or unhealthy food for a quick energy boost.
Don’t punish yourself for going off track
It happens to the best of us that we go off track and we’re unable to follow our healthy schedule. If you stray of course don’t punish yourself, there’s always a new day. By punishing yourself you will only dig yourself into a hole – negative thoughts are always bad for you. Instead, make it a learning time and grow from your mistakes. Come back the next day stronger than before, keep your head high and stick to your plan!
Look into fitness centers before you travel
For a lot of us it can be a real challenge to maintain any sort of health or fitness routine while travelling. Finding a gym offering day passes in an unfamiliar location can be frustrating. Thus, it may seem as too much of a hassle to go to the gym while traveling and we end up not doing it.
But don’t despair, we’ve got you covered at TrainAway. If you’re travelling this holiday season plan your fitness schedule beforehand with us. Create a gym schedule with the days you plan on going to the gym (as pointed out in tip no. 2) and find a fitness center near you. Through TrainAway you can both search gyms and buy day passes while travelling. We’re here to help you stay healthy during this holiday season and turn your intentions into action.
Balance is key! Follow these tips from TrainAway and stay healthy during the holidays while enjoying this wonderful and magical time of the year.
Have a healthy holiday!