Staying healthy and looking your best during the holidays can be a tricky proposition. A recent media product reviewer, who reviewed Cariloha’s Bamboo Fit wear, put together her own list of tips for staying in shape during the holidays. Have a look and see where you can benefit…
Five Tips for Staying in Shape during the Holidays
By Having Fun Saving
The holidays are here and I know many of us worry about the typical holiday weight gain. Schedules get busy and food gets plentiful – it’s just that time of the year. To help you stay on track with your healthy life journey, I thought I would share a few tips that will hopefully help you stay on track!
Stay Hydrated – I don’t know about you, but the last thing I want on a cold day is an ice cold cup of water. I think of hot cocoa, hot tea, and all those delicious fancy drinks at Starbucks. BUT, those drinks don’t hydrate you. Even though you’re feeling chilly, you still need to care of your body. I keep a glass of water next to me all day. This time of year is also a great time to infuse your water or add flavor to it. That way you aren’t thinking about the fact that it’s a cold cup of water.
Dress for Success – Wear your work-out clothes when you plan on working out. DON’T let your workout clothes be your comfy clothes. You can even consider setting your clothes out for yourself, so you SEE them. No “out of sight out of mind” here! Make sure you have the right clothes. You may be going inside for your Jazzercise class, but when you get out it will be COLD, so layer!
Wear a performance Tee like this one from Cariloha instead of just a tank (or wear the tank under the tee!). This is also the time of year to wear long capris or pants instead of shorts. Make sure the fabric is light, long-lasting and comfortable. I love the Fitness line from Cariloha, because it allows you flexibility, breathability and they irresistibly soft clothing lines. Each piece of clothing is made of viscose from bamboo so it is hypoallergenic as well. Plus, they are cute! I don’t know about you, but when I actually like my workout clothes, I tend to enjoy my workout more.
Work Out – This may seem obvious, but I know everyone’s schedules get crazy this time of year. Make sure you’re still planning time for your work out. No time during the day? Too cold to get outside? Give yourself 15 minutes during the day to walk the office, walk the mall, do strength training at home before bed (work out those triceps on a dining room chair!), run up and down the stairs for 10 minutes. Just stay active! I know it’s easy to make up excuses…maybe you don’t get in that hour class or that 3-mile jog…but do something. Do it for you!
Snack Right – Will your counters and tables be filled with cookies, chips, dips and more? Make sure there are healthy options out, too. Carrots, hummus, celery sticks filled with low-fat cream cheese or peanut butter, etc. Need to satisfy your “salty” fix? Have Pretzel Crisps out…they are a much healthier version and they’re packed with flavor. They have a ton of different flavor options, too, so there’s definitely an option that everyone is sure to love. Oh, and keep a look out for the Pretzel Crisp minis – 42 of them are only 110 calories. I promise you won’t miss the fat and calories.
Desserts – Cookies, pie, cake, OH MY! Yes, this is the time of year that we’re constantly surrounded by delicious, calorie-filled desserts. It would be silly for me to say “Just don’t eat them.” As, for me, that’s impossible…I have horrible willpower. BUT, I can enjoy them in moderation. Just a few bites will do ya…no need to eat the whole piece…or several pieces. Fill up on lots of veggies at dinner, and you won’t still be hungry at dessert time. Another secret of mine…Have a VitaTop! They have a ton of amazing flavors, but the chocolate one will handle your chocolate fix. Top it with some berries and you have yourself an amazing dessert. Then, maybe, you won’t want that double chocolate cake with chocolate frosting. Or, maybe you’ll just want one bite.
Here’s to a safe, happy, and HEALTHY holiday season for us all!