Staying in Shape During the Holidays

Is there any time of year where it’s tougher to stay in shape? Once Halloween gets here, it begins with the leftover candy in the bowl. Then come all the pumpkin treats and potlucks at work. Then we have the turkey and trimmings in November and ham and cookies in December. For three solid months, there is nothing but carbs and sugary temptation. And while it might be easy to just surrender to the goodies and get through the holidays in baggy sweats, you don’t have to do that. Believe it or not, you can keep yourself in shape during the holidays by keeping these ideas and activities in mind.


Everything in moderation

Depriving yourself will only drive you into a slow madness. It’s okay to have one cookie, but it’s less okay to eat an entire sleeve (don’t worry, we’ve all been there). As long as you space out how often you indulge your cravings and the amount you take in, you can have your slice of cake without feeling guilty about it.  


Fun 5ks and happy hiking

In some parts of the country, you may still have time to run in a festive 5K like a turkey trot or ugly sweater run. Or hike a few local trails with friends. Yes you will be a bit cold, but at least you’ll be burning those calories so that those pounds aren’t so easily packed on. Happy trailing!


Team workouts and classes

Besides all the great gatherings, food, and fun the holidays bring, a great perk of living within an Alliance community is the state-of-the-art fitness centers and available fitness classes. From yoga and sculpt barre to circuit training and bootcamps, there are plenty of opportunities to shake up your normal workout routine, and meet new people while you’re at it.


Family fun

With the holidays here, your family will probably start to trickle into town little by little. A great way to bond with your loved ones is with some friendly competition while working up a sweat. Head over to the park and kick the soccer ball around or bring a baseball or football to play catch. Hold a contest between your siblings and cousins to see who can do the most sit ups, push ups, or pull ups on the monkey bars. The nice part of this type of exercise is that you can trick your brain into believing it’s not really working out, just a family having fun at the park.


Do you have an secrets to staying in shape during the holidays? Share them with us!