Maintaining Your Wellness Routine During the Holiday Season
Written By: Kaylie Ricks
As the holiday season approaches (filled with tempting treats may we add!) the challenge of maintaining a wellness routine can seem like a daunting task. However, at MVP, we believe that a healthy lifestyle is a year-round commitment, and the holidays should be no exception. Today, let's explore practical strategies to help you stay active, make mindful choices, and strike a balance between indulgence and moderation during this joyous time.
Strategies for Staying Active:
Embrace the holiday spirit by incorporating festive workouts into your routine. Try holiday-themed classes at our gym or engage in activities like winter sports, ice skating, or even a family snowball fight to keep your body moving.
Start your day with a burst of energy by establishing a morning exercise routine. Whether it's a brisk walk, a quick workout or sweat sesh at the gym, or some yoga, morning exercise sets a positive tone for the day and helps you stay committed to your fitness goals.
Involve the Family:
Turn holiday activities into opportunities for physical activity. Take a family stroll to admire neighborhood decorations, organize a friendly game of touch football, or participate in a charity 5K together. (We wrote a whole blog post about the importance of incorporating a fitness routine for the entire family. Check it out HERE).
Balancing Indulgence with Moderation:
Practice mindful eating by savoring each bite and paying attention to hunger and fullness cues. Choose smaller portions of indulgent treats and focus on enjoying the flavors rather than overindulging.
Hydration is Key:
Stay hydrated to support your overall well-being. Opt for water or herbal teas, especially before and after festive gatherings.
If you know you'll be attending holiday gatherings with tempting treats, plan ahead. Eat a balanced meal before the event to reduce the likelihood of overindulging, and bring a healthy dish to share.
Keep Up with your Fitness Goals:
Set Realistic Expectations:
Understand that the holiday season is a time for celebration, and it's okay to enjoy special treats in moderation. Set realistic expectations for yourself and focus on maintaining, rather than advancing, your fitness goals during this time.
Enlist a friend or family member as an accountability partner. Share your fitness goals with them and support each other in staying on track throughout the holiday season.
Celebrate Non-Scale Related Victories:
Instead of solely focusing on the number on the scale, celebrate non-scale victories like increased energy, improved mood, and enhanced overall well-being. These achievements are just as important as any fitness milestone.
We believe that the holiday season can be a time of joy, celebration, and maintaining a commitment to your well-being. By implementing these practical strategies, you can strike a balance between enjoying the festivities and staying true to your fitness goals. Remember, the key is moderation, mindfulness, and a healthy dose of holiday spirit. Wishing you a happy and healthy holiday season from our MVP Fit Fam to yours!