Back on Track after the Holidays
Holidays are the finest times of indulgence. It’s a great opportunity for us to connect with our friends and family, catch up on things that we were missing during the busy days while also enjoying rest and relaxation. As much as we love to enjoy the happiness and excitement of the holidays, we also manage to throw off our daily routine we follow to remain healthy and active. Visiting family, attending parties, traveling and entertaining friends etc. leave a very little space for other important things like exercise. On top of that, most of our holiday plans revolve around delicious foods and drinks. Yeah, a lot of it!
As enjoyable as they are, the trips can easily interrupt our everyday schedule, mess with our diets and disrupts our motivation and efforts to remain active. Of course, enjoy your holidays but don’t let the parties and the junk foods get the best of you! Let’s check out some useful tips you should consider as you’re on the track of getting back in shape after your holiday journey.
1. Set a Routine
The first and foremost thing to do is set a fitness routine. Many of us don’t like to admit the fact that we’re creatures of habit. Various bad habits form or resurface after we’re back from the holiday weeks. Fortunately, it’s not so difficult to establish a good habit of workout again. Try to manage a consistent schedule that incorporates healthy choices and physical activity.
Let’s get started by mapping out your entire week and finding out some free time each day. Even 30 minutes should be more than enough. Routine schedules that can be applied for almost anything – eating, work, exercise, play, and sleep. Even with a simple plan in action, you’ll be amazed at how much you’ve progressed.
2. Cut out Overeating
Over the holidays, it’s safe to say that we all compete to skip meals and overindulge ourselves in foods. That’s one nasty habit for your health. Try to get back to having a consistent diet while eliminating binge eating. If you’re finding yourself suffering from hunger between meals, try to curve your appetite with a light snack.
Another important thing to look at is avoiding meals that aren’t portioned. Unnecessary serving sizes or, buffet-style meals can easily lure any of us to eat until our stomach is stuffed tight, rather than eating until we’re satisfied. Make plans that will involve cooking only enough food for yourself and the others eating with you. When eating, seek to order the regular, “smaller” portions as there’s still plenty of food available on the table. It’s strongly recommended to avoid buffets. But if you go, be selective and take only those foods that you love to eat, not one piece out of every available dishes. If you’ve overeaten one meal, have a light amount of the next meal.
3. Drink More Water
Water is quite an essential component of our human body for all sorts of purposes. Sufficient water is a must for optimal metabolism. Some research also shows that it naturally curbs our appetite while making us feel better fast. Drinking enough water is necessary for flushing out the excess sodium buildup in our body. Water also gets various parts of the digestive system moving, relieving constipation. On average, 2-2.5 liters of fresh water every day is recommended. Depending on your lifestyle and activity, the amount can change, though.
4. Be Active Daily
This does not mean hitting the gym HARD for hours every single day. Daily activity can be as simple as going out for a walk. In fact, it’s recommended to take 10,000 steps per day. This may look crazy but achieving the goal isn’t that difficult. Anyone can achieve that by walking around the neighborhood, spending time in the park or just walking during work breaks.
Once you’ve become comfortable with doing something active every day, you can safely increase your activity range. Take a few days out of your entire week for some type of exercise that offers a bit more challenge. Again, stop thinking about the grueling, strenuous physical activities. Just something that requires more effort and discipline should be enough. Something, like going to the gym a few days a week or registering for a fitness class can do the magic. The method offers steady progress of your physical capabilities and will serve as the base of your next challenge.
So, there you have it. Four (4) simple and easy ways for getting yourself back on track and prepared for the groove post-holiday season. The key point here is not doing anything drastic on your way back. Getting back on track doesn’t have to be a pressure or complicated task.
Just focus on simple, attainable goals and gradually progress towards the ultimate goal. Most of all, be kind to yourself. Don’t let yourself down with frustration or over-expectation. You can do it! Keep in mind that doing something is way better than doing nothing. Just like that, before you know it, you’ll be right where you want yourself to be – ready to take on the next holiday!
To your good health. Enjoy!