Fitness-Food-and-the-Holidays-Contender-CrossFitIt’s that special time of the year – family gatherings, holiday parties, and plenty of cookies in the break room at work. With all that’s going on this time of year, how do you maintain a consistent workout routine, eat healthy (ish), and deal with the stress that comes with the holidays?

Here are few tips to help you manage your fitness, food, and the holidays during this busy time of year:

1. Keep your workouts flexible.

Maintaining your regular workout routine can be challenging. While you may not be able to make your usual class time because of holiday parties, concerts, and get togethers, try to find a way where you can still get in a quick workout. Shift your workout to the morning or go for a walk at lunch. It may not be the routine that you’re used to, but something is better than nothing.

2. Start the fitness goal that you’re saving for the new year now.

Why wait for the new year to get started? If you start now, you’ll be a step ahead when the clock strikes midnight on new year’s eve. Plus, if you can make it happen during what’s probably the toughest part of the year, nothing will be able to stop you in January.

3. Keep drinking water.

Make sure you’re staying hydrated throughout the day. If you’re consuming alcohol at a holiday party, alternate your beverage of choice with a glass of water. You won’t drink as much alcohol and will prevent a potential headache the next morning.

4. Choose the foods you really enjoy.

When you’re at a holiday gathering with a variety of food choices, stick to the ones that you know you’ll really enjoy. Instead of depriving yourself or deciding that certain foods are off limits, take smaller portions. Leave the foods that aren’t really your favorites off your plate.

If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed, just do your best and get back on track when you can. Enjoy this time of year and make the most of it as best you can.

The Contender CrossFit community in Corpus Christi is here to support you in the pursuit of your goals. To learn more about what we have to offer, contact us today.