Staying Fit & Healthy during the Holiday Season

December 18, 2012 @ 1:17 pm by anytime fitness

We all know it’s coming, holiday weight gain followed by the infamous New Year’s Resolution to be healthy in 2013 Whether it is losing those extra pounds, toning up, gaining muscle, getting healthy, eating better, or going on a diet many people use the start of a new year after indulging in all the holiday goodness to begin their journey of a healthier person. But why don’t you instead vow to not gain that extra weight and start making a lifestyle change today! Why wait until next year? Is it going to be that magical to start at the beginning of the year? No it’s not, today is a day better than any other, after all why don’t you make it a gift to yourself and your family to be healthier and happier going into the New Year!!! Let me just say I am not going to tell you that you CAN NOT eat any of those holiday snacks and delicious desserts and beverages! Instead I am simply going to say everything in moderation, with a plan and goals set for success. So here are a few tips to help you be fitter for the winter!!!

First things first realize what it is that you want in your life and your health. Set a specific goal with a plan of action and follow it. How do you do this? Write your goal down and plan your workouts/trips to the gym for the entire week. That means scheduling the time and not letting yourself skip out because it’s cold, there is too much to do, or something else sounds like more fun! Truth is working out will relieve your stress, make you feel happier and leave you looking great for all of those holiday parties. After all it’s not like you have to spend 5 hours at the gym, just spend a minimum of 30-45 minutes 3-5 times a week. Get up early and go before work, you will be amazed at how much more energy you have all day long. Go after work to de-stress from your day before going home and preparing for Christmas or family. Trust me your family will thank you for being calmer and taking time out for yourself during your crazy holiday schedules.

Now let’s talk about the pie, holiday cookies, fudge, cheesecake and the list goes on and on and on. Holiday parties and getting together with friends along with the office snacks that everyone brings in are sure to bring you the ultimate temptation of overindulging. The best way to stop this from happening is plan ahead, if you know that there is a party on Friday make sure that you eat clean and healthy all week long and even into Friday before the party. If you are eating proper and getting all of your protein and veggies then you will not be starving to eat all of those goodies and drinking too much egg nog at the party. Most of the time when people go to a party they don’t eat all day long thinking it is going to make up for all the calories they will be eating later, truth is that is the worst thing you could do, you will just eat more then you even want to or need to. Make sure you drink plenty of water which will keep you hydrated and your belly full. Also making mindful choices all day by eating healthy grains like oatmeal, and greens like peas and cucumbers and healthy proteins like chicken and fish you will be filling your body up with nutrients so it will digest your food better and keep your metabolism going leaving your appetite in check when you pass by those goodies. Also when you are indulging in snacks one really is enough or even half of something is good too.

Being healthy during the holidays does not have to be hard after all if you overindulge you are only making it harder on yourself in the months to come then you really need to by setting yourself farther back from your goals. Keep in mind you do not have to count calories, fat, sugar content and be super obsessed with what you are eating you just need to keep things in moderation.

Quick 30 minute holiday workout you can squeeze in anywhere do 15 reps of each and 3 sets and if you don’t have 30 minutes at once break it up and do 1 set in the morning 1 set mid-day and 1 set before you got to bed. To make it more challenging add dumbbells or kettlebells for more weight.

  • Jumping Jacks
  • Sumo Squats
  • Lunges (15 each leg)
  • Bicycle Abs
  • Reverse Crunch
  • Burpees
  • Push ups
  • Dips
  • Planks

This blog post is by Jen Jacobsen, an Anytime Fitness Club Manager.  She has a passion for changing peoples lives to give them a better quality of life with their loved ones. To submit a question for future articles, please contact the author at

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