Keeping fit over the holidays may seem like an impossible task. All of the delicious foods that go hand-in-hand with the holidays are hard to resist. Between shopping, wrapping and either going or hosting a holiday party, you probably do not have the time for your regular exercise during the busy season.
Quoizel’s Boot Camp recommends these strategies to help you enjoy the holidays, keep you eating healthy and exercising so as not to have regrets later…..
Set the achievable goal of simply maintaining, and consider yourself a success if you make it to January without adding inches to your waist, hips, and thighs.
Save the best for last. Keeping fit doesn’t mean you have to deprive yourself of holiday goodies; rather, save them for last. Eating lots of high protein foods is easier than you think. There are always a lot of turkey, lean beef, and lean ham to indulge in. Then eat the salads, vegetables and fruits. There is a lot of low fat dressing and dips you may want to add but keep in mind those have a lot of bad carbohydrates and sugars that your body will store as fat. Instead, use fresh herbs, olive oil and vinegar to season and enhance the flavor of your feast. When you eat a lot of lean proteins and vegetables you will be less likely to binge later on the sweet and fattening food that usually accompanies holiday meals. Remember, eating a lot of sugary and complex carb foods may taste great and give you a quick boost of energy…but it will be short lived. Once that sugar and carb boost is gone you will be more tired and hungry then you were prior to eating.
Stay active. The best thing to do is a quick 10-15 minute high intensity workout. Try doing 5 rounds of 5 sit ups, 10 push-ups, 15 squats as quickly as possible. This is a great way to jump start your morning; do it before you become wrapped up in all the hustle and bustle of the day. Your body will release a lot of great hormones that will keep you energetic and in the holiday spirit the entire day. Some days, you just won’t be able to fit exercise into your holiday schedule. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Don’t drive if you can walk. Step up the pace while you’re shopping for gifts, and stroll around the block after dinner, or even before. Keep in mind that every little bit adds up to keep fit and keep the holiday pounds off you need to remain active and make smart choices.
Coming up in 2012 we will be continuing with our Boot Camp program and Zumba; we are excited to announce that we will be adding a great nutrition and home exercise program along with a yoga class. Look for more updates from Quoizel’s Boot Camp in 2012…
If you have any interest in starting a wellness program at your place of business, we would be happy to share all we have done and how we went about starting it. It has been a huge success in so many ways. Feel free to contact Maria Brennan our Human Resource Supervisor at 843-574-3450.