This is the time of the year where most people get concerned about weight gain. Many people get depressed because they fail to achieve unrealistic holiday goals. They eat their way through the holidays, planning to lose it all after the New Year holiday. Many New Years resolutions have their origins in what happens during the holiday season. What follows are seven awesome holiday tips that will help you get through the holidays as though there was no challenge at all.
- Create a training schedule for the entire holiday period. The holidays are a very busy time of year. For many, this is the only time all year they meet up with extended family members. As a result, many training sessions get missed. Instead of succumbing to this, sit down now and plan every workout for the rest of this holiday period. Make them unbreakable appointments. Take into account the holiday pressures you are facing so that your plan will be bullet proof. As holiday tips go, this one is a must do. Put that shield up and get to work!
- When time is an issue, emphasize weight training. The holidays cause a time crunch like no other time of the year. As you create your training schedule, be cognizant of this fact. Be sure that you emphasize weight training over cardio. Muscle keeps the metabolism running at a higher rate. It is very important that you keep all of your hard earned muscle during this time of the year. It will help offset the eating that you do during the holidays by giving your body a better chance at burning off the calories. Weight training is going to be your holiday friend. Most holiday tips lists avoid this one.
- Limit alcohol consumption. Most people don’t realize how many calories alcoholic beverages add to their diet. In addition, the carbohydrates that exist in alcohol can lead to massively increased fat storage. Alcohol calories count too. You can combat the ill effects by limiting your alcohol consumption. Set limits and then stick to them. By doing so you will limit the fat gain that can occur as the result of alcohol consumption.
- Don’t keep “trigger” foods around. We all have them—“trigger” foods that send us into binge mode. For some it is something seemingly healthy like nuts. For others it is chocolate. Whatever the food, by making sure that “trigger” foods are not kept in your home you will avoid the binging that usually accompanies them.
- Plan your cheat days. Most experts will tell you that the road to long term nutritional compliance is paved with cheat days. We need cheat days so that we have something to look forward to. A planned cheat meal will help you get through even the toughest nutritional challenges because you will know you have something great to eat in front of you. Take advantage of this fact during the holidays. Plan your cheat days for the actual holiday itself. Don’t drastically change your plans because of the holidays, simply insert cheat days strategically. Knowing you can partake in holiday cheat meals will keep you focused on your goals.
- Change Your Workout Time. The holiday season makes most of us extremely busy. If you normally workout in the middle of the day consider moving that to the start or end of the day to insure you get the workout in. Missing workouts can cause you to “fall off the wagon” and that is not something any of us wants.
- Know Your Gym’s Schedule. An easy holiday tip is to make sure you know your gym’s holiday hours. This is how you can avoid missing any workouts due to your own mistakes. Gym’s routinely change their schedule during the holidays, even the 24 hour variety.
The holiday season is no excuse to skip workouts and eat terrible food. These holiday tips will keep you focused and on track. By putting these tips into your program you will find that your focus increases and you power through your goals even during the holiday season.