Starbucks’ winter drinks, cookies, and pie – oh my! The holiday season is the perfect excuse to indulge in treats, but that food coma can do some serious damage to your workout and wellness goals.
Lucky for you, I have come up with secrets on how to stay healthy and fit throughout the holidays (even when winter tempts you into canceling your workout).
Make it a daily challenge
“A daily challenge is a healthy, fun way to reward yourself, and micro-goals are the key to creating a healthier lifestyle,” “My favorite challenge is to commit to 10 minutes of exercise each day for two weeks. Chose three to five moves and perform each for 15 reps. Repeat that three times for an amazing 10-minute workout!” My favorite one is planks!
Go for the gut
“Make it a habit to protect your gut during the holiday season. Drink at least one beverage a day that will alkalize when consumed, such as kombucha, alkaline water, or apple cider vinegar”.
Avoid the full-belly sleep mode
“Enjoying rich, heavy food and drinking with friends and family can lead to some serious bloat or a Thanksgiving food coma”. “While going to the gym or doing a full-on workout is out of the question, the best thing we can do for our bodies is to keep moving. Stretching or sit-up exercises are great for digestion and kicking your body out of full-belly sleep mode!”
Take the stairs
“There’s a reason why stairs are a great workout — it helps build muscle tone and enhance the flexibility of muscles”. “Have a walk-up apartment or a second floor home? Excellent! Try to pick up the pace a little bit as you come home at night. Is your office on the fifth floor? You know what you have to do. It’ll also feel pretty cool as it gets easier and easier to climb those steps – that’s you getting stronger.”
Swap holiday coffee for matcha tea
I encourage you to swap your peppermint mocha for something a little bit lighter. “Matcha tea is a green tea that’s rich in antioxidants, which are known to prevent cancer and are anti-aging. In addition, matcha tea is a source of L-theanine which is a natural anxiolytic, meaning it can be helpful in managing anxiety.”
Dance it out
Take advantage of every holiday party this season by busting a move. “Put on your favorite seasonal tunes and dance until you get your sweat on,”.
“Spending 10 minutes a day meditation can reduce stress, increase creativity, improve sleep, and promote ease in relationships”. “You can use an app for a guided experience or set a timer and meditate in silence”. Also, there are many videos on youtube to help teach you how to meditate or to help you learn to keep your focus on you and your breathing.
Foam roll your way to wellness
“Foam rolling is a great way to release muscle tension because it improves your body’s range of motion. It doesn’t require any special focus, so it’s perfect to incorporate with evening relaxation. “After turning on your favorite holiday movie, grab the roller and spend five to 10 minutes rolling your glutes, legs, and back. Might as well get in some stretching or core work while you’re watching Netflix or your favorite program!”