Happy Holidays everyone! I know this concept sounds a little crazy but it IS possible. Keeping your level of fitness or even possibly making small gains, but not having to go to the gym.
Does this mean no splurging on eggnog and cookies and all the holiday treats and feasts?
You can have all of that fun stuff. The trick is to put 10 times more good and REAL food in as you do sugary/carby/unhealthy food.
Fitness is 70% diet to 30% gym. The percentages may vary depending on who you talk to, but basically it boils down to this. If you want results faster or maintain more efficiently, then you need to eat better. However, this doesn’t mean depriving yourself.
First, let’s cover the fitness aspect. After all, that’s why you came to this page right?
There are a bazillion exercises you can do at home that will help you maintain when you have a busy schedule. Here’s some ideas to try out:
- Wall sits while brushing your teeth
- Lunges to go from room to room in your home
- Calf Raises while waiting on the microwave or toaster
- Push ups, Crunches, Burpees during commercials (or if you’re like me and don’t watch real TV, play a game with a movie or show. For instance, I love the show Bones, so every time they say the word “bones” I do 10 reps of a chosen exercise)
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator – I know, I know. Cliché, but it works, so it deserves to be on this list.
I want to say something about the food mentality before we go any further.
Guilt: So many people have it this time of year and I simply don’t understand it. It’s the holidays! It’s a time of year to really enjoy good food and good company. Hopefully you don’t eat holiday food all year (if you do, then I can understand the guilt) so enjoy it. But here’s the catch….
Moderation: Have a cookie, and a piece of cake, and maybe 2 glasses of wine. Savor it! DON’T have a whole bottle of wine, and 5 cookies, and a piece of cake. Also, keep the splurging to the parties and get-togethers.
The Real Secret
The key word that I’ve used several times now is good food/real food. Eat REAL food. What is real food? If you can eat it, then isn’t it real? No. I’m talking about LOTS of fruits and vegetables, unrefined grains, lean meat, organic dairy, and nuts. Nothing from a box! Basically, if you can, don’t go in the aisles at the grocery store. All the best stuff is on the perimeter of the store. Don’t even bring the unhealthy stuff home.
Think of your body like a luxury car. If you don’t change the oil and don’t give it the right gas, what will happen? It will break down.
Do a lot of snacking every day and snack on real food. Eating real food gives you the nutrients your body needs to function. Calories are not created equal. Yes, a calorie is a calorie whether it comes from an apple or a brownie, BUT, your body stores and uses different kinds of nutrients in different ways, so you need to feed it nutrients and calories that your body can actually use. Calories that heal your body and help it function at optimal speed and efficiency.
Snacking boosts your metabolism (and quickly!). Snack on lighter foods like fruits, green veggies and nuts, every 2 or 3 hours of your waking day. No portions bigger than the size of your fist except at meals. Also, do a small portion of protein at every meal.
Plan ahead: Buy all of your fruits and veggies for a few days, and when you get home, take a half hour to get them all cut up and portioned out into containers or baggies so that when you need them they are ready. I know if I’m hungry, I’m going to reach for the closest easiest thing, so I make darn sure that healthy stuff is the easiest thing.
The last thing: Water, water, water! The majority of people think they drink enough water, but they don’t. Take your body weight, divide it in half. What’s that number? Drink that number of ounces in water. That’s the MINIMUM. If you drink coffee, tea, alcohol, or sodas you need to drink even MORE water because those things are diuretics, which means they dehydrate you.
I hope everyone has a wonderful, safe, and healthy holiday season!