This Santa’s got abs for days.
So the holiday season is upon, and you know what that means. Trips to aunts and uncles houses we only talk to once a year quickly followed by a large overindulgent meal washed down by alcohol and a nice little nap to top it off. What’s on the agenda for the next day? rinse, lather, and repeat – just with leftovers.
The holiday struggle is real, so we’ve taken the liberty of comprising a list of 5 things you can do in order to break the vicious cycle that is late December. The list is practical guide of mental and physical things you can do when the going gets tough and the tough get eating. Check out our list below.
Hydration is key. Though this can go for anytime of the year, it’s especially important during the holidays as you’ll probably be consuming a lot of no no foods. Try having a glass of water before and after each meal to rev up your metabolism and cleanse your system.
Hey, we get it. It’s the holidays, you’ve been busting your hump all year long, plus your geeky little cousin is finally getting married. You want to get down and have a little fun. We’re cool with that but there’s a right way to do it. Try to fill your plate with mostly healthy options and then smaller portions of the not so healthy ones. If you’re going to cheat, cheat once with your favorite of the unhealthy options.
Drink Alcohol Early
Drinking alcohol early is imperative. It gives your body time to break down the extra calories before going to bed – a time when you can really pack on the pounds. Alcohol also disrupts your sleeping pattern as it will wake you up as soon as the alcohol has burned through your system. Try to have a glass of water for every drink you consume (key term here is TRY).
Take a hike
No really, take a walk. Walking after a meal boosts your metabolism as well as helping with the digestive process. In addition, it just feels good. A brisk evening walk with your favorite half drunk family member is a cool experience – you’ll wonder why you never did it before. Try it!
Usually reserved as a punishment or chore, shoveling snow actually burns a lot of calories as well as keeping your drive way clean – win win! As long as you’re dressed for the weather and remember to take frequent breaks you can turn this into some well needed personal time. Back breaking labor never felt so good.
Keep your routine
Tomorrow’s Christmas…so what? We know your text message and Facebook inbox are blowing up with invites to different holiday bashes but you’ve got to put the horse before the carriage. Don’t neglect your workout to go to a party, instead work out before or after the festivities.
Working out before will give you the boost of energy you need to party all night long and setting up a training session for the next morning will keep you honest. If you know you’re going to get your ass handed to your by a personal trainer the next day you’re probably going to skip on that last whiskey sour – just sayin’.