As the holiday season begins, it's often difficult to find the balance between enjoying yourself and staying true to your health and fitness goals. To help keep you on top of your game over the holidays, ENRGi instructor Mary wanted to share a few tips:
1. Sweat a little each dayIf you're missing your favorite ENRGi classes because you're out of town or there's a modified schedule, still prioritize moving some each day. Whether it's a run, a quick HIIT workout, or even a yoga video on YouTube, you'll almost always feel better getting that heart rate up with a little sweat! The earlier you do it, the more time you'll have to spend with loved ones, too. If you want more active social time, invite them to join you, even if it's taking a short walk.
2. Fill up on whole foodsWhile we all have our favorite holiday treats (you can find me at the dessert table!), try to first fill up on more nutritious dishes like vegetables. Fuel your body with the same wholesome nutrition you regularly do, and then fuel your soul with your favorite seasonal specialties. It's a marathon, not a treadmill sprint in SWAT, so remember that you can still try another dish later as a leftover. Avoid restricting yourself or shaming yourself -- you've earned it! At the end of the day, food is still fuel that will help give you ENRGi for your body.
3. Drink plenty of waterYou may not have your Blender Bottle by your side at all times, but try to stay hydrated, especially before big meals. For every alcoholic drink, always alternate with a glass of water to stay feeling refreshed.
4. Enjoy this opportunity to sleepEspecially if you're a 6AM regular, take advantage of the holidays to sleep! You should always aim for 7-9 hours of sleep per night, and cooler weather is a good opportunity to sleep earlier and longer. You need adequate sleep to keep your body in rockstar-mode, so if nothing else, know that sleeping more will help you recover and reset as you return from the holidays.
Above all, enjoy yourself! The holidays don't happen all year round, and they'll go as quickly as they sneak up. Before you know it, we'll be crushing 2018 goals! You can be happy and healthy throughout festivities, and I hope you take time to celebrate and reflect on the year.