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7 Tips To Get Back to Fitness After The Holidays


If you are like me, you’re glad the holidays are over. Not because we don’t love that special time with family and friends but…

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 2019!

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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3 Sneaky Fit Tips for the Holidays

holiday fit tipsInstead of starting any NEW fitness regimes during the holidays…

I would recommend you focus on maintaining the hard-won results you have achieved so far this year and minimize the stress that comes from the very stuff that is supposed to be fun.  You can achieve both goals (and maybe even drop a few pounds) without carving out extra time to do it.

Last week, CNN shot a holiday fitness special in my studio! It will be airing all over the nation some time this week, but I wanted to share a few of my best holiday fit tips today 🙂

1. Sleep ready to roll. Instead of those fuzzy pajamas, sleep in your workout clothes (minus the tennis shoes of course lol). Then when you wake up, it saves you time and excuses for not getting it in.

2. Pots & squats. Turn your holiday cooking into a workout. Instead of watching pots boil and nibbling on everything while you cook, knock out some counter dips, wall push-ups, and milk jug curls. Before you peel that bag of potatoes, do some deep plie squats with them. Ditch the blender or hand mixer and opt for the whisk, burns about 150 calories per hour (that’s alot of cake mixing!) Create a routine that keeps you moving vs. tasting.

3. Sneak your way fit. You don’t have to announce you are leaving to go workout. Many times our family and friends can make us feel guilty for taking time during the holidays to stay true to our goals. Keep your business to your self and slip away before anyone knows you’re gone. Tell them you have some “errands to run”, but actually go for a run!

Bottom line, have a blast with family and friends, let your body enjoy a bit of recovery, and head into the new year a fitter you!

 P.s. need help staying fit over the holidays? Contact me for a plan!