Ah, the holiday season is upon us! This means plenty of pies, cookies, pastries, turkey, stuffing, booze … you get the idea. There’s nothing better than gathering at the table with your family and friends, and indulging a little bit during the holidays. But there’s nothing worse than realizing that all the hard work you’ve put in at the Chicago gym over the last few months is slowly being flushed down the toilet. Not to worry, though, because you can have your cake and eat it too, thanks to these quick tips for staying healthy during the holidays:
One of the best parts of the holidays is enjoying a few drinks with your closest friends and family, and this shouldn’t be something you have to sacrifice. Instead, make sure you’re consuming plenty of water in between cocktails to keep yourself hydrated, and help lessen the negative effects of the alcohol the day after. Having a glass of water before a meal, or even before considering seconds, can reduce the amount of food you eat – your body often confuses being hungry with being thirsty.
Slow it Down
When your plate is filled with turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and casserole, it can be extremely difficult to not absolutely inhale your meal. However, if you savor your food, and eat it slower than you normally would, you may actually consume less calories. But why? Well, it takes your brain about 20 minutes to actually let your body know that it’s full. Focus on having some great conversations with loved ones at the dinner table, and you may not have to unbuckle the belt of your pants after eating.
Ask a Chicago Personal Trainer
You may not be in the vicinity of a CrossTown Fitness location to get in a quick workout, but that doesn’t mean you have to skip the gym altogether! Our trainers would be happy to supply you with a quick list of exercises you can easily do at home during the holiday season. Cut 20 minutes out of your day to break a sweat, so you don’t have to feel guilty about that piece of pie later.
You don’t have to be at the gym in order to keep your body moving. Find fun ways to get yourself up off the couch, whether it’s taking a stroll through your neighborhood to gaze at the holiday light displays, going sledding with friends, hitting the ice skating rink or getting friends together for a game of pickup football.
Bake Healthy Treats
Fortunately, there are ways you can enjoy healthy holiday treats without feeling guilty. Make easy swaps, like using whole wheat flour instead of white flour, opting for coconut oil instead of butter, choosing evaporated skim milk over cream, etc. You won’t notice the difference, but your body will!