16 Healthy Hacks to Help Keep Your Fitness Goals on Track This Thanksgiving from 16 Healthy Hacks to Help Keep Your Fitness Goals on Track This Thanksgiving

16 Healthy Hacks to Help Keep Your Fitness Goals on Track This Thanksgiving

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16 Healthy Hacks to Help Keep Your Fitness Goals on Track This Thanksgiving

Whether we are aiming to lose weight, improve our health or train for a race, it’s important to head into the holiday season with the intention of sticking to our fitness goals.

*Related: 25 Ways to Recover from Thanksgiving

The good news is that you can enjoy your favorite foods without having to worry about ruining your hard work. Keep your fitness goals on track and indulge in the feast, but always remember to practice portion control, drink plenty of water, and accept going over your calorie budget.

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Make a Challenge

“For the week of Thanksgiving (and even the month after!), challenge yourself (or your friends) to see how many classes (biking, bootcamp or otherwise) or workouts you can get in that week," Jenna Wolfe, Lifestyle & Fitness TV personality and certified personal trainer on the Lose It! Advisory Board, says. “The competition could be enough to push you and it will make working out much more fun.”

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Keep Track

“It can be easy to lose track of exactly how much you are consuming on a day dedicated to feasting,” Wolfe says. Fitness apps are a great way to keep track of your meals. Try the Lose It! app; “it's super easy, and with the new Snap It feature you can track your meals and their calorie count from a single food photo,” she adds.

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Have a Plan

“On Thanksgiving Eve try to pre-log what you plan to eat on Thanksgiving Day,” Wolfe says. If you make a plan to only have a small helping of Grandma’s famous stuffing, it is much easier to stick to it, by using a fitness app.

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Keep Fit During Travels

“Don’t let the business of holiday travels stop you from working out,” Ivo Grossi, Fitness Expert and Vice President at SportsArt says. “A great way to stay fit during your travels is by checking out your hotel’s gym for an afternoon or early morning workout.”

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Know Your Portions

“Before the meal, familiarize yourself with healthy portion sizes,” Wolfe says. “A portion of turkey should be about the size of a deck of cards, while roasted veggies are about the size of a tennis ball.”

Click here to download helpful portion size images!

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Embrace Thanksgiving Style

“No, this doesn’t mean dressing like a Pilgrim or Indian,” Wolfe explains. “By wearing baggy/elastic-waisted pants on Thanksgiving it is easy to overlook the food baby that may be growing.” Put your baggy pants away until after the holidays and instead, wear form-fitting pants to keep you honest, she adds.

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Be Thankful For Water

We all know that it can be difficult to not overindulge on the food that was prepared for Thanksgiving day, Wolfe says. “To prevent overdoing it, try to drink 2 cups of water before the feast begins. This will fill you up just enough to take the edge off your hunger.”

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Eat Breakfast

Give your metabolism a boost, improve your concentration, increase your energy, reduce hunger throughout the day, and ultimately, keep your fitness goals on track by eating breakfast. Consume foods high in nutrients, vitamins and minerals.

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Make the Calories Count

Be careful of the amount of calories you consume. “Don’t worry about offending Aunty Beth if you turn down her homemade apple pie,” Wolfe says. She will be just fine; make sure you’re only consuming foods that you really, really enjoy, she adds.

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Give In, Just a Bit

“If you absolutely must have a holiday treat, limit yourself to two bites and two bites only,” Wolfe explains. “This will keep you in check and you don’t have to feel guilty about it after.”

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Replace Negative Thoughts with Positive Ones

Don’t let the thoughts of your Thanksgiving feast to come discourage you. Keeping your fitness goals on track will be extremely difficult with a negative attitude. Thinking positive will reduce stress and improve your overall health. According to Mayo Clinic, the health benefits of positive thinking include lower levels of stress, increased life span, lower rates of depression, and better psychological and physical well-being.

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Enjoy Table Talk

If you’re lucky, on Thanksgiving you get the opportunity to see family members that you typically don’t get to see on a monthly or even yearly basis. “Take this time to have at least a five-minute conversation with everyone at the table. And of course, don’t talk with food in your mouth! This will help you eat slower and get full faster,” Wolfe says.

Family Traditions

“Thanksgiving brings about many family traditions – from grandma’s prized pumpkin pie to dad’s turkey recipe,” Grossi says. “For people looking for a healthier tradition that can give you an extra step in your day, try a traditional Turkey Trot 5K race.” This morning foot race is the perfect way to rev up your metabolism, burn off some calories, and support local charities before your Thanksgiving feast.

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Accept Going Over Your Calorie Budget

“Even with all these tips, going over your calorie budget on Thanksgiving is inevitable with all the traditional high calorie food that comes with this day,” Wolfe explains. Consuming too many calories in one day won’t ruin the hard work you put in every other day. “It is important to accept this but still keep track and hold yourself accountable for what you decide to eat,” she adds.

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Take Your Vitamins

Vitamins are essential for your health. They aid and support hundreds of roles in the body. Instead of taking separate vitamins, take one multivitamin a day and receive the nutrients that your body needs. Some of the best vitamins for weight loss include vitamin C, zinc, omega-3, magnesium and vitamin B.

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Reduce Stress

Keeping your fitness goals on track while you’re stressed out and overwhelmed with holiday hassle is nearly impossible. Stress can affect your mental and physical well-being by causing anxiety, digestive issues, headaches, insomnia and mood disorders. Reduce your stress by taking a bath with lavender oil, drinking chamomile tea and exercising.

16 Healthy Hacks to Help Keep Your Fitness Goals on Track This Thanksgiving