How to Stay Healthy and Motivated During the Holidays
The holidays are a special time of year when we get together with friends and family to eat, drink and be merry. However, for some people, the holidays are also the time when exercising and eating in moderation flies out the window.
It’s hard enough to stay on track with healthy habits during the cold and gray winter, but when you throw in a global pandemic and the possibility of not seeing your loved ones during the holidays, it’s even tougher.
But if you can adhere to the following practices, you can stay healthy and motivated during the holidays, and beyond.
Don’t Stop Working Out
Your to-do list grows exponentially during the holidays. Between shopping, cooking, working, etc., it’s hard to find time to exercise. But it’s crucial to your health and wellbeing to make yourself, and your health, a priority during the holidays.
That’s why you should book as many Manduu sessions as you can during the holidays. Allotting some time to treat yourself to fitness will pay dividends, both physically and mentally. Manduu sessions last 15 minutes, so you shouldn’t have much trouble giving yourself that time!
No Excuses, Burn Calories
If you Manduu twice a week, but are finding it hard to make it into the studio as frequently right now, there are plenty of ways to burn calories and fat during the holidays.
Take a few minutes and go for a walk around the neighborhood. If you live in a snowy place, shovel your driveway or those of your neighbors. Instead of vegging out in front of the TV, do some cardio while you watch, instead. Chop up some firewood.
Calorie-burning endeavors are all around you during the holidays; you just need to take advantage of them. And, it will keep you conditioned until you can resume your regular Manduu workouts!
Try Group Fitness … with Your Family
Instead of gathering around the TV to watch parades or sports, why not change it up and exercise together? Not only is it a healthier way to bond with your family, but working out with your loved ones ensures you’ll have people in your corner who want you to succeed and stay motivated.
Since Manduu workouts are safe and effective for adults of all ages and fitness levels, the Manduu studio is the perfect place to build strength as a family.
Moderation Is Key
The foods we eat and the libations we drink this time of year are loaded with holiday goodness … and calories. You should enjoy that glass of egg nog or a sugar cookie after dinner and not feel bad about it. But, it’s also important not to go overboard.
Set some limits for yourself that allow you to enjoy the things you like without feeling shame. If you have a hard time holding yourself accountable, write down what those limits are. It’s a lot easier to stick to your goals if they are written down and easily accessible.
Drink More (Water, That Is)
Limits are especially helpful if you are going to partake in potent holiday potables. Drinking alcohol can interrupt the normal fat loss process, because your body burns off alcohol before using any other energy sources. Alcohol also contains almost twice as many calories as protein and carbs.
Drinking water along with libations can help you limit your alcohol intake. Also, alcohol tends to increase your appetite, so staying hydrated can stave off your desire to grab another drink or helping of food.
With a little bit of effort and mindful decision-making, you can enjoy your holiday season without compromising your health and fitness goals. Happy Holidays!