I want to thank each and everyone of you for being a part of First Paige Fitness. We are truly are passionate about what we do here and we are so glad to have a chance to be your guide throughout your fitness journey. Staying on track during the holidays is more of a mental game than anything else. Setting your mind on to continuing to be consistent during the holidays is half the battle. If you regularly workout and eat healthy, having a big Thanksgiving meal won’t throw you off track. Your metabolism will be efficient enough to burn it off quickly. However, if you are still in the beginning phases of fitness and haven’t acquired the leeway yet, don’t worry. Here are some holiday fitness tips to help you continue to get results while you indulge.
Fitness Tips for Surviving Thanksgiving
1. Workout First Thing in the Morning
When you start your day with a workout, your metabolism is set up to burn more calories throughout the day. Also, you have a greater chance of following through with your workout plans if you aim to do it first thing in the morning.
2. Control your Portions
This is probably the hardest, yet one of the most important holiday fitness tips for surviving Thanksgiving. The key here is to remember that there is a difference between indulgence and excessiveness. By all means, indulge with your family and friends. Just try keep everything in moderation, including liquid calories.
3. Minimize Stress
Believe it or not, emotional stress can hinder your physical progress. When you are stressed, your cortisol levels are up, which leads to increased water retention, especially in the mid drift area. Preparing in advanced as much as possible can decrease stress.
4. Go for a Walk after Dinner
Being physically active after a big meal can help with digestion and will speed up your metabolism so it can get to burning calories efficiently.
5. Eat Slowly
It takes about 20 minutes for your stomach to communicate to the brain that it is full. Therefore, when you eat more slowly, you give time for your stomach to communicate to your brain that you are full. This makes overeating much more difficult.
6. Eat Earlier in the Day
The earlier in the day you eat the largest meal of the day the better. That way, your body has more time to burn off the calories you ate. Going to bed stuffed and lethargic is not conducive to weight loss.
7. Focus on Cardio
Turkey day is probably not the day to focus on smaller muscles like triceps or shoulders. Since these muscles are smaller, you will burn less calories. Go for something that will burn more calories on days you know you will be eating more, ideally a really good cardio session will do the trick, but leg day will also work.
You Got This!
With consistency and these holiday fitness tips, you can actually work your thanksgiving meal into your fitness program. Try scheduling your cheat day and cardio day on Thanksgiving.
Again, the hardest part is keeping your head in the game. But think about how much progress you will have made come spring if you stayed consistent during the holidays!