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How To Maintain Your Diet And Fitness Goals This Holiday Season

How To Maintain Your Diet And Fitness Goals This Holiday Season

The holidays are right around the corner! The smell of fresh-baked cookies and fridges filled with Bailey’s and Prosecco abound, and holiday parties are about to commence. While Christmas might well be the most magical time of the year, it is often the most treat-filled, booze-filled, and exhausting period in the winter calendar. Whether you are heading home for the holidays, planning a fun-filled ski trip with friends, or are whisking yourself away to a tropical location, December is full of temptations that can make the most avid gym-goer and health-conscious individual fall off the wagon.

You can still enjoy your favorite Christmas treats and join your friends on a night on the town on New Years Eve while maintaining a healthy fitness regime and nutrition plan. Don’t believe us? In this article, we have laid out a few tips and tricks to help you keep on track with your fitness and weight loss goals this holiday season. You do not have to miss out on all of the fun and delicious Christmas treats to keep on track with your weight loss and fitness journey.

Have A Snack Or Small Meal Before Heading Out

To avoid overeating and indulging in too many treats, try to eat a healthy snack or small, healthy meal before heading out to dinner or visiting friends and family. Avoid skipping meals as well, as this will only make you hungrier at the time of your visit, enticing you to overeat or fall easier into the temptation of unhealthy food options.

Keep Up With Your Fitness

We have all fallen victim to the phrase “Oh, I will start again in the New Year.” Just because the holiday season is here, does not mean that you have to skip out on your workouts. It can get busy during the holidays, but before you make commitments to family and friends, make a commitment to yourself and schedule your workout sessions. Working with a personal trainer will help you keep on track with your fitness and weight loss goals during the holiday season. Book your sessions with your personal trainer in advance so you can work your other holiday commitments around your workout schedule. This will ensure that you do not fall victim to the excuse of “I don’t have time” during the holiday season.

Think Outside The Gym

If you are going away for the holidays or visiting your family back home and you do not have access to a gym, that does not mean that you have to skip out on your workouts entirely. Go for a run outside, or attend an online yoga class for an hour a day to keep up with your fitness regime. Squeeze in a walk after a big meal or encourage your friends and family to join you in outdoor activities such as tobogganing or ice skating. A modified or condensed workout is better than a missed workout and will help you keep off unwanted pounds during the holiday season.

Drink Smart And Hydrate

Drinking water will help you avoid packing on unwanted pounds during the holiday season. Without adequate hydration, you can feel tired, sluggish, and hungry which can cause you to snack on unhealthy food options as well as reach for excess caffeine. Every time you reach for a snack, drink a glass of water first. Also, limit your intake of empty calories such as alcohol, which is pure sugar and offers no nutritional value. You do not have to hard pass on holiday favorites such as spiked eggnog or cosmos, instead, just drink smart. Try to limit your quantity and alternate a glass of water with every glass of alcoholic beverage.

Stay On Track During The Holiday Season With The Help Of Calgary’s Best Personal Trainers

You do not need to set aside your fitness routines and weight loss goals to enjoy the holidays. Try to prioritize your fitness, healthy nutrition, and make healthy choices. To ensure you stay on track with your fitness regime, consider hiring a personal trainer or weight loss coach to help keep you accountable during the holiday season as well as give you some tips and tricks on how to avoid giving in to temptation and make healthier choices. A weight loss coach will also be able to provide you with weight loss meal plans that incorporate all of your favorite holiday foods while keeping you on track with your weight loss goals.

At Jensen Fitness, our personal training, fitness coaching, and weight loss programs will provide you with all of the support you need to achieve your personal goals while helping you sustain your new healthy habits during the holiday season and for the long term. To start your weight loss or fitness journey, contact our team of personal trainers in SE Calgary by calling 1-403-200-0199 or by filling out our online contact form.


Q: What workouts can I do if I do not have access to a gym during the holiday season?
A: Just because you do not have access to a gym does not mean that you have to skip out on your workouts. HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training) is a great way to get in a quick, efficient workout without the need for equipment or a lot of time. You can also enjoy outdoor activities such as going for a run or going ice skating with friends and family. You can also follow along with an online yoga class to help you build strength and flexibility.

Q: Are there specific foods I should avoid during the holiday season?
A: There aren’t any specific foods you should avoid during the holiday season, but instead you should avoid overindulging in too many treats or overeating.

Q: How often should I exercise?
A: It is recommended that you exercise at least three times per week. 


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