There are only 6 more days until Christmas and boy are we excited to dip into the egg nog!
Have you kept your fitness and nutrition in check this holiday season? Have you been able to stay slim this holiday or at least maintain your current progress?
Relax a Little
Hopefully, you have, so you can let your guard down a bit during Christmas or your main celebration day of choice. There’s no need to be a pig and eat ALL the fudge and cookies, but there’s also no need to avoid all desserts and gravies like the plague. (Have you finished all of your shopping and most of your wrapping?)
There’s nothing worse than feeling motivated and ready to work out, then going to the gym and finding out it’s crowded. Motivation dives when you see the equipment you were hoping to use all filled, and you may stare out at the crowd wondering where you can squeeze in to get your workout. When you’re trying to workout at a crowded gym, you need to have a plan to get in, get fit, and get out efficiently. Perhaps the frustration gets to you and you leave, feeling dejected and disappointed. A lot of people have been there, and although it seems daunting and disappointing, you can still have a great workout, even if it’s not according to plan.
With the new year coming and resolutions about to hit, you can believe your gym is about to be crowded, so pay attention! Read on for some tips on how to survive the crowded gym and still get your workout in.
Indulgence is often synonymous with the holiday season. You stuff your face during Thanksgiving and then attend various Christmas parties through the end of December. You may also skip workouts because you are too busy gift shopping and planning your own holiday bash. The best way to maximize your holiday season fitness is to pay attention to your habits each and every day.
It is no wonder that many people gain weight toward the end of each year. You do not have to fall victim to this pattern, however. Here are nine ways to stay fit during the holidays.
No matter how committed you are, the jam-packed festive Halloween season might throw your fitness routine off its gear. Starting in early September, many Halloween enthusiasts spend their nights and weekends decorating, picking apples, solving corn mazes, watching horror movies, and snacking on fun decorative desserts. This means we don’t always have time to complete our Halloween workouts with the same year-round discipline as we might be used to.
In spite of perhaps missing a workout or eating a pastry, try to remember not to feel guilty about it. The holiday season is the time of the year when we can live somewhat carefree. You get to spend time with your family and friends and gorge on the festive treats.
Halloween is the one time of the year when you actually get to justify eating that candy bar. So, you shouldn’t hesitate to eat it. Rather, you should make sure you limit your portion size and choose healthy, protein-rich snacks over the calorie and guilt-laden junk food. Check out Project Swole’s “healthy” Halloween recipes for some fun protein-laced holiday treats.
Another thing that you should do is not let the Halloween spirit take complete control over your health. We all know that festive season weight gains are common across the globe but what we don’t realize is that most people fail to get rid of this extra baggage and then, the next festive season kicks in.
Don’t let this happen to you. No matter how caught up you are baking cookies or buying gifts, make sure you take at least some time out for yourself.
To some, going to the gym is just like having a cup of coffee. But others (maybe this is you?) will need to gather the last of their energy to do it at least every week. Sometimes even if we go to the gym for some 20 minutes on Thursday or any other day, we feel like composing songs to our praise.
Let’s be honest, you already know so well many reasons as to why you should go to the gym. You’ve probably even sworn to be consistent and disciplined with your fitness schedule. Such reasoning sometimes goes out the window after a day of work or studying, and you’d rather instead enjoy a night on the couch with Netflix.
By the time you finish reading this, you will have a few more reasons why you must attend the gym and hopefully get motivated to start a new routine.
A healthy couple can achieve many things together. Because they know each other so well, typically, couples can motivate each other in fitness. Therefore, you and your partner will be more productive when you both keep fit. Sometimes the journey to stay fit is long and tiresome. As a result, some may give up along the way and others may not even get started.
There is a lot of progress you can make when you as a couple help each other with physical exercises. You may set some goals together and strategize on how to attain them. Creating some form of healthy competition in the fitness plans can also make things more enjoyable.
If you know you want to make changes to your body before the summer gets here, now is the perfect time to get started. Some people try to avoid setting health and fitness goals in the winter because of the notoriously high failure rate of New Year’s resolutions. However, putting off weight loss goals until the last minute is never a good idea. It makes reaching them harder and can lead to serious health consequences. This is what science has to say about getting a head start on your summer health, fitness, and weight loss goals.
The high prevalence of common diseases in these modern times has seen an increase in gym membership over the years. Many people would like to improve their health by working out at their local gym. However, there’s a lot of anxiety around working out in front of strangers. We don’t all just magically know how to start going to the gym without some help.
If you have signed up to a gym and are tense about it, you are not alone. Many people suffer such anxiety and there’s no reason to go back on your resolve to live a healthy life. In fact, it is not unusual to find people who sign up and never show up, or do so for a single day. In fact, most commercial gyms love it when members do that.
Progress is a key influencer when it comes to health and fitness. It’s a great motivator, but it can also be defeated if progress isn’t happening fast enough or in the way you want — understandably so, considering that progress is how we know if our new diet, workout, and lifestyle are actually working in our favor. Still, frustrating enough, progress takes patience — a lot of it.
It can be easy to give up if you can’t see any sort of that positive change you’re looking for. However, new wearable technology monitors are here to help track, monitor, and most importantly, provide important insight of the progress you’ve been making, even if you can’t see it in the mirror yet.
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