Often, when we think about the holidays we think, "Oh, I'll just get my health and fitness goals back on track afterwards," or, "January 1 will be the perfect time to kick-start my new workout routine."
And really, there's nothing wrong with this line of thinking: if you want to take a break and just relax at this time of year, or you're simply just not ready to commit to your goals yet, that's fine.
But if you are ready or you're thinking something like, "I've been doing really great lately and I don't want to fall off track just because the holidays are here," there are plenty of things you can do and tools you can use to make the process more manageable.
We all know this time of year presents a few additional "healthy living obstacles." From stressed-out shopping and bombardments of sugar-filled treats to busy schedules and cocktail-happy get togethers it can certainly be a challenge to stay focused on your goals and avoid going overboard.
But a solid plan and the right tools can make staying on track much easier. Here's a look at a few helpful items and accessories that can help you have both a healthy and happy holiday season.
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No doubt, keeping your healthy eating habits in line during the holidays can often be the biggest challenge of all. It’s not like you should restrict yourself from enjoying your favorite treats, but it is a good idea to balance all of that out by consistently eating nutritionally-dense, balanced meals. One way to support this goal is by stocking up with healthy cookbooks, like the Racing Weight Cookbook by Matt Fitzgerald and Georgie Fear. “You don't want to crash diet—especially if you continue to train and race over the winter—and you also don't want to gain excess fat and worsen your conditioning,” Fear explained. “This book helps you fuel up with high quality dishes and contains lots of information about how to eat for your training level.”
And to take this one step further, make sure you also carve out some time for meal prepping each week. “The holiday season can keep you on the go with little time to prepare meals,” explained Dr. Caroline Cederquist M.D., creator of bistroMD and author of The MD Factor Diet. “Fast food may be handy, but often is high in fat and calories. Prepare and freeze quick, healthy meals ahead of time to stay out of the fast-food trap.” See: Dietitian-Approved Tips for Healthy Meal Planning Made Easy
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This easy-to-use app literally pays you for your healthy habits. As you log your workouts, meals and other healthful choices, you’ll earn “Wellcoins.” When you’ve racked up enough, head to the marketplace and use them to buy everything from Gym Classes and healthy food to workout gear and gift cards. “Apps can be a great way to help ‘keep you honest’ when embarking on an exercise program,” said Craig Cristello, exercise physiologist at Well & Being Spa at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. He suggested additional apps like MyFitnessPal or LoseIt.
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