The holidays are fantastic for some things and not-so-fantastic for other things; in this context, “other things” might refer to an ongoing diet and workout plan that crashes into an iceberg of delicious holiday dinners and drinking.
Though it might be one of the most daunting times for the year for those who are on a mission to keep their muscles in top shape, there are ways to come out of it without a bigger waistline. The following tips are essential for making sure that your hard-earned muscle stays in tight, fighting shape all throughout the months of good cheer.
Hydration is priority number one
The holidays bring plenty of risks to conveniently forget what our drinking limits are, but above all things, it is essential to make sure that you are taking in enough water. Without the right amount of water, your body won’t be in the right position to perform at the level of intensity it needs to in order to counterbalance those holiday meals when you have the time.
Not only is staying hydrated essential for being able to exercise to your best ability, but it’s also an excellent failsafe against your stomach tricking you into thinking it’s not satisfied.
Set your target milestones are early as possible
Whereas most people will fall into the trap of leaving their concrete fitness goals for January 1st, you can give yourself a far greater advantage by setting your key goals right now. By making sure to account for the extra food that the holidays will bring into your health regime, you can adjust your workouts accordingly and follow a plan that keeps you on track.
Rather than focusing on the exact caloric intake that every holiday meal will bring, it will be far more effective to make sure that you stay within approximate range of your macronutrient levels.
Stay on your feet and take advantage of the chilly weather
One of the major fitness speed bumps that the holidays bring aren’t in the form of holiday food at all, but rather the extended periods of sitting down. Even if you’re conscious of the need to get up and get moving in the beginning, constant sitting can be sneakily habit-forming.
To prevent sedentary habits from hurting your progress, you may want to make a point of setting a daily goals for steps to take in advance. In addition to hitting your movement minimum, try to embrace the colder weather outside for your cardio; your body will burn more calories warming itself when outdoors.