How to Get Healthy During the Holidays
Burnout Long Sleeve Tee, perfect for chilly workouts or post-workout | Tri-Back Bra | Crop Tank, slightly sheer, love the way it fits (not too tight) | Dance Mesh Tight, high-waisted and so comfy | Ever Road Sneakers, runs TTS | Crossfit Hoodie, love the cowl neck on this for winter | Classics Beanie, also comes in blush pink
As much as I love the holidays, it’s infamous for being one the most unhealthy times of the year. There’s more parties, more wine, more eating stuff we wouldn’t normally eat (pretty sure I hate 4 cookies AND pie on Thanksgiving). Then the cold sets in—we got a ton of snow earlier this week—which makes it harder for me to get motivated to exercise. Instead, all I want to do is put on my comfy pants and eat a big bowl of stew, sip red wine and watch movies.
And, there’s nothing wrong with that. The problem is when all of this starts happening too often and my healthy habits fly out the door.
It’s easy to put off getting healthy during this time of year because you can push it back to the new year, but why wait? Taking small steps to getting healthier now will only make your new years resolutions easier to maintain! Here are my tips for getting and staying healthy during the holidays.
Enjoy It, But Don’t Overdo It
Parties that is! It’s easy to go overboard on sugary desserts, unhealthy appetizers and rich meals this time of year. It’s the holidays after all, right?! Yes, but ugh, do you really want to feel awful by Christmas?
I don’t! And as tempting as it is to indulge in everything yummy, it’s not recommend it. Have some of it, yes! But, if it’s a dinner, load your plate with mostly veggies. Don’t drink too much (I’m guilty of this). When you’re conscious about what you’re putting in your body during these parties, you’ll feel better the next day. It also makes it easier to continue to making good choices when you don’t have a full body food and wine hangover the next day.
Get a Jump Start on your Resolutions
The new year is the traditional time of the year where we set new goals and start practicing them, but why wait? Getting healthier now, will only make it easier to stick to your resolutions when the new year finally rolls around.
Weirdly, I get motivated to start getting in better shape around this time of year. Maybe it’s in anticipation of all the holidays treats I know will pass my lips over the next few weeks. Or, maybe it’s the onset of winter and realizing how much less we’re getting outside and going on long walks. I was also with my sisters last week who are both very active and have awesome bods! Normally, I would have taken the week off, but I ended up working out more than I typically do!
Our health is too important to think about it once a year, so start now!
New workout gear always get me motivated! I just got these cute and festive pieces from Reebok that make it that much easier for me to stay motivated. I love these high waist leggings and crop top for my hot yoga class. Maybe it’s just me, but if I can see my abs during my workout, I work harder!
When I go see my trainer, I wear this long sleeve shirt because I like to keep my muscles warm during our workouts (plus, the gym is always cold in my opinion!) and this sweatshirt for after my workout since it’s cold outside! The cowl neck on the sweatshirt makes it so cozy and warm and I’ve found myself wearing it around the house.
I was so excited to partner with Reebok on this post! It was my first time trying out their workout gear and I LOVE it! The price point is really great, I’m obsessed with their leggings and the fit is perfection! It runs true to size and I’m wearing my normal size in everything! I’m absolutely loving this pretty deep red color right now—it feels perfect for the season! I also love these sneakers—they’re perfect for in between workouts and errands too! I had a hard time picking just one pair, and linked a few of my other favorites below.
One last note on staying motivated—find a workout buddy or accountability partner! My trainer keeps me accountable for those workouts, but for other ones, it’s up to me! My sisters are both really active and help keep me motivated to go to yoga, do a Sweat app workout or go for a walk. It makes it more of a social thing when you do it that way.
Schedule Your Workouts
If you write something down, you’re way more likely to actually do it. At the beginning of this week, I wrote down all my workouts for the week in my calendar. Setting aside that time and packing my bag to go means that it actually happens! I used to just wing it and tell myself if I finished all my work, then I’d go, but I’ve realized that my health is too important so it’s become a bigger priority.
This week I’m going to my trainer on Tuesday, yoga on Wednesday afternoon and doing a Sweat app workout Thursday. I love the Sweat app workouts because they’re only 28 minutes long so I can even do it in the living room while Owen naps!
One tip here—don’t overdo it! It’s easy to get excited and commit to working out everyday, but if that’s not your norm, don’t worry about it. Schedule what’s feasible and do it rather than overbooking and feeling like you failed!
Stay on Track During the Week
Most of the holiday parties on our schedule are on the weekend, so during the week, we’re keeping things clean! Fresh, whole foods and I’m trying to not drink wine during the week, though some days it’s necessary, haha!
I start each day with a healthy breakfast which sets the tone for the rest of the day! If I start off on a good note, I’m far more likely to pick healthier options throughout the rest of the day.
It’s easy for me to drink a lot of water during the summer, spring and fall, but in winter, a crisp cold glass of water just isn’t as satisfying. But, when I’m not getting enough water, I can tell. I feel tired, dizzy and I don’t sleep as well.
For me, the easiest way to make it happen is to start my morning with a lot of water—32 oz. to be exact! It’s a lot, but when I get that in early in the day, it makes me drink more throughout the day. Tracking your water intake on an app is also really helpful! And, if cold water isn’t doing it for you, try warm water with lemon—it’s a nice way to change it up and it’s tasty!
Get Plenty of Sleep
This has actually been easier for me lately because the sun goes down so early and makes me want to crawl into my cozy bed earlier. Since having Owen, I’ve realized the true power of sleep and I know that I need at least 7 hours each night to feel like a normal human, but I aim for 8 or more. When I’m getting more sleep consistently it makes a huge difference in how I feel and in my mood and outlook! Don’t ever underestimate the power of a good night’s sleep!
Thanks to Reebok, a brand I love and trust, for sponsoring this post! Reebok is a registered trademark of Reebok International Limited and is used with permission. The views, ideas and opinions expressed here are my own. Partnerships like this help make The Fox & She possible!