Thanksgiving is less than 2 weeks away. Soon, you’ll fill up on all the turkey, cranberry sauce, and stuffing your body can handle. But you’ll probably return to work 7-10 pounds heavier, according to The New York Times. The holidays tend to signal a season of reckless eating. By December 1, your summer body will be a distant memory. But it doesn’t have to be this way. There’s a way to indulge without going overboard. Believe it or not, you can stay fit during the holidays.
Unfortunately, there’s no shortcut. There’s no life hack for keeping the pounds off. If you eat half of the pumpkin pie, you have to pay for it with sweat equity. But if you make it fun, it can become a part of your holiday traditions.
There are plenty of fun, seasonal outdoor activities to participate in. A cold weather hike. Snowshoeing. Even the requisite snowball fight. Find a way to get up and go out. The less time you spend on your bum, the less weight you’ll add to it.
Make a commitment
Sure, it’s not fun to think about working out on Christmas morning. However, physical activity can seem more enticing if you attach it to a challenge. Maybe you and your spouse can commit to running every day in November and December. Even if it’s just 1 mile, you have a goal to work toward. And better yet, you’ve got a partner to hold you accountable.
Sweet potato pie slices and sugar cookies aren’t the only way to reward yourself for a job well done. Set small milestones for your fitness challenge and give yourself a treat when you reach them. Let’s say you ran at least one mile every day for the last 7 days. Go ahead and buy those running shoes you’ve been eyeing for the last month. You’ve earned them.
Sign up for a race
You’ll stay committed if you have something to work toward. Sign up for a 5K or join a CrossFit competition. If you know a big event is coming up, you won’t let yourself fall off the wagon. You’ll keep training to stay fit and perform well.
This isn’t to say you can’t enjoy yourself. A second serving won’t kill you. But if you’re indulging nonstop without some sort of physical counterpart, you’ll regret it later. Stay fit during the holidays, and you’ll be proud of yourself. You’ll even get a head start on those New Year’s resolutioners.