Thanksgiving marks the unofficial start to the holiday season, and for many of us — even instructors! — that means facing plenty of tempting eats. So, what’s the secret to staying healthy without depriving yourself at those parties? New York City Flywheel Instructor Wendy Wolfson reveals her seven tips for indulging the right way.
Have a plan.
The hustle of the holiday season can jolt you off-track unless you make the time and plan in advance. Take a look at your week and make time for fitness around all your other commitments. I book all my classes at the beginning of the week, add them to my calendar, and treat them like any other meeting. After all, what’s more important than your health and well being?
Our brains sometimes confuse hunger with thirst, so drink a full glass of water next time your stomach grumbles. Alcohol consumption also tends to rise during the holidays so if you choose to have a cocktail, always match it with a full glass of water.
Before heading out to your holiday party, eat a small, healthy snack (celery with almond butter, a hard boiled egg, or a handful of nuts are a few of my favorites.) This way, you won’t reach for the unhealthy appetizers, and will be able to hold off until the main course, where you’ll typically find more healthy options.
Catch some Zzzz.
You snooze, you win. Sleep is your body’s best and most efficient recharge. Looking to hit a new Total Power Score or crush a 45-second race? Rest will help you take on those challenges.
Be kind to yourself.
We’re all human. If you had too much pie at Thanksgiving, missed a workout, or didn’t get enough sleep, just let it go! Negative thoughts can lead to negative behavior, which can quickly spiral into old, unhealthy habits. Keep the past in the past and move on with a healthy, positive outlook.
Make getting active a family affair.
Schedule fitness activities with your family. Whether you go for a group walk or run, break out the football, rake leaves together or just throw on your favorite tunes and have a dance party, you’ll inspire others to get moving.
Indulge for a night or two — not the whole month.
Food is fuel and if you’re constantly filling yourself with empty calories, it’ll negatively impact your health and results.