The festive atmosphere more than likely distracted us from our healthy routines. Now it’s time to get back on our fit grind!
Before you head into the gym and try to pick up where you left off…
Here are 7 tips to get back into fitness after the holidays. You can use all or some of them to kick start your program in 2018!
Tip #1 Complete a full body workout to avoid extreme soreness. Instead of doing your normal body part split, hit all the major muscle groups with a few sets. The reason being is that focusing on just 1 body part will make you so sore the next few days, you’ll end up derailed again. Doing a full body workout or circuit will evenly distribute the pain lol.
Tip #2 Don’t try to lose it all overnight. If you gained a few pounds over the holidays, don’t get too keyed up about it. Once you get back into the rhythm of your normal fitness routine, those pounds will come off. Give your body a few weeks to pull back from the excess sugar, salt, calories, and lack of training.
Tip #3 Get your sleep. The holidays can be very disruptive to your normal sleep schedule. Cut the distractions and wrap things up by a specific time to get in the necessary 7-8 hours of restful sleep.
Tip #4 Regulate your nutrition. No more loosey goosey eating on this and that like during the holidays. Go back to smart meal planning and prep to avoid aimlessly grazing yourself into extra pounds. Eating every 2-3 hours has been shown to keep your metabolism stoked and prevents overeating.
Tip #5 Stay hydrated. Water enhances your metabolism and many feel it can also curb your appetite. Drink at least half your body weight in ounces. It also makes you fill up faster so drinking a full glass before meals could help you stick to serving sizes.
Tip #6 Clean up the crap. If you still have peppermint bark and holiday cookies in the cupboards, dump them. Nothing will derail you more than having those food items in the house for you to drool over. Also say no to extra food and goodies still floating around the office. Misery loves company, don’t fall for it! Tell your junk eating cube mates hell naw, keep it moving lol 🙂
Tip #7 Get an accountability partner. Putting your goals out there to someone else could be the key to sticking to the plan. You could find a workout partner to hit the gym with or someone you could virtually connect with to stay focused on the fitness process vs. the outcomes you desire.
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