Near the end of the year, the holidays are coming in one after another! It’s a Thanksgiving feast there, a Christmas dinner there, and a New Years Party over there. Not to mention, there are so many delicious desserts that’s hard to say no to like hot chocolate, pumpkin pie…just thinking about it is already making us gain a pound.
So, how do you stay a fit amidst all the holiday cheer and food?
1.Eat in Moderation
We’re not telling you to say no to that delicious pumpkin pie, but it’s good to manage how much of it you eat. Depending on how active you are, there is a certain amount of calories you should consume.
2. Find A Workout Buddy
Get a friend to suffer — I mean workout — with you! You two can motivate each other to exercise harder and even have silly bets, like the person who doesn’t achieve their miles for this week has to sing in front of the entire gym!
3. Try A Different Kind Of Gym
If you hate exercising outside and regular gyms are not motivating enough, you could try classes. To stay fit, you need to think positive and feel like exercising is actually a fun experience rather than a chore. There are many different kinds of great workouts such as a soul cycling, cardio drumming, and the classic crossfit!
4. Choose The Hard Path
Don’t limit the exercising to just your gym or soul cycle class! Making simple lifestyle changes can help you reach your fitness goals. For example, choosing that black coffee instead of a pumpkin spice latte or taking the stairs instead of the elevator. All these little changes eventually add up in the end!
5. Set Reasonable Goals
This is ultimately the biggest part of helping you to stay fit. It’s going to be hard to lose 30 to 40 lbs in a month unless you’re hardcore dieting and working out 24/7. Set smaller goals first such as 5 lbs a month or working out for 15 minutes long, and then add more if necessary. By slowly accumulating, your body can adjust to the changes and get use to this new routine.
6. Monitor Your Activity and Progress
Weight loss and muscle gain can’t happen through randomly working out. It’s strategic. By monitoring your activity and progress daily, you can get an overall image of what is working and what isn’t. It also gives you an idea of where you need to improve or put more work in to achieve your reasonable goal. If tracking manually isn’t your thing, you can consider getting iHealth’s Fitness Bundle which includes the iHealth Edge, a fitness monitoring device, and the iHealth Core, a body composition scale. The iHealth Core measures more than just weight and BMI, it helps you record the 9 data points of your body composition!