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Fitting in Fitness
- Look up gyms or fitness centres when on vacation and join classes that are fun (and that maybe the whole family can join in on!)
- Fitness apps are great for on-the-go workouts and you can choose the duration. Anywhere, anytime!
- Any movement is good movement. If you can’t make it to the gym, don’t consider the day “a loss” and spend it wallowing in guilt. Get out for a brisk walk! Do some stair work at home. Even a good session of stretching is better than nothing.
Freaking Out About Food?
- Choose one or two parties where you may enjoy all the holiday drinks and food you like. This removes the idea that you’re doing anything “wrong” by eating these foods. It’s a party! Have fun and enjoy.
- Only if this works for you: Stay focused on tracking your macros for the other days of the week. Tracking using an app will allow you more flexibility to fit in your treats and still remain within your calorie targets.
- Keep fueling yourself throughout the day with whole, filling foods with enough fiber, protein, carbs and healthy fat so you’re not restricting or starving by the end of the day!
- Stay hydrated – Stephanie Kay of Stephanie Kay Nutrition says that dehydration is one of the leading causes of intense sugar cravings. Remember to stay hydrated throughout the day.
Mindfulness takes lots of practice, patience and focus, but it can be especially useful around times when you feel most stressed. Take the time to practice mindfulness around the holidays with these tips:
- Let go of old harmful habits.
- Get rid of what you think you “should” be doing and follow what works best for you.
- Practice active listening.
- Be aware and mindful of making your food, thinking about where it comes from, how much effort went into it and how it makes you feel.
- Remember that self-care is not selfish.