I read somewhere that the average person eats 10,000 calories on Thanksgiving and gains 10 pounds over the holidays. I'm going to hope, pray, rain dance that that stat is WRONG. 10,000 calories?!? I don't know how that is even possible.
That said, it's a pretty safe bet to say most of us over-indulge on Thanksgiving AND through the holidays. The holidays are such a great time of the year and should be enjoyed. But HEALTHFULLY. So let's talk about some easy ways to keep it all on track and still have a joyous holiday season.
1. Do something active every day. Even if you just go for a walk around the block, do SOMETHING. Need some quickie workouts? Click here - Do-Anywhere FAST Workouts.
2. Make 1/2 your plate at lunch and dinner fresh veggies. This is the one gift your waistline wants this season.
3. Don't run errands hungry. I do this all the time and it's always a train wreck. It's the holidays, your errand list is four times longer than it normally is. Don't try to do all that running around hungry. You'll end up at some nasty fast food place, shotgunning french fries and milkshakes. Bring easy snacks - protein bars, carrot sticks and celery sticks, cheese cubes, protein drinks. And a big bottle of water.
4. Go to the holiday parties FULL. I know this seems counterintuitive if you're going to a dinner party. But unless your nutritionist is hosting dinner, chances are the food won't be healthy. Eat ahead of time. You'll be less likely to overindulge on dinner, party food, appetizers, sweets or whatever is being served.
5. Walk. A lot. Park far away from wherever you're going. Do an extra lap around the outside of the store or the mall.
6. As soon as you wake up, do this - 30 seconds jumping jacks, 30 seconds squats, 30 seconds pushups, 30 seconds crunches. There. You're awake, you've MOVED and been active. And it literally took 2 minutes.
7. Write your health and fitness goals BIG and stick them on the fridge. And maybe the pantry. Anywhere you'll see them and hopefully be reminded why you do NOT need another cookie.
8. Try out some new, healthy recipes for the holidays. Don't worry, Uncle Crazy and Nephew Picky will be OK. Don't say a word and no one will notice.
9. Start a new tradition - a walk after holiday dinner instead of a coma nap on the couch. Yes, you will actually feel better going for a leisurely stroll than passing out in front of the tube.
10. Lastly, if you don't have a health and fitness professional in your life, get one! Online or virtual personal training is incredibly affordable and can help keep you on track. Think of it as your gift to yourself.