It’s the most wonderful time of the year…again! Halloween is over, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukah etc. are ahead. So. Much. Food is in our futures. In case you haven’t checked the KFIT Members page yet (which I know all of you have, right???), our November fitness goal is to maintain our weight through the holidays. Just throw out the holiday excuses RIGHT NOW because we’re not buying it. So here is the good news; It is 100% possible to enjoy the holidays to the fullest without gaining a pound! “How??” you may ask…
…we got your back! Here are 5 tips to help you avoid the holiday weight gain bus!
Enjoy the Holi-DAY, not Days!
Thanksgiving is one glorious day… just ONE day! It doesn’t last a month or even a week. If you want to stretch Christmas out to a 2 day holiday, we’ll give you a pass. Hanukkah may be 8 crazy nights, but do you have to feast all 8 nights? There are 61 days between Halloween and New Year’s and these holidays account for just 11 days out of the 61 days. You have more than 50 days to keep yourself on track. A few days of indulgences will not wreck your progress but if you throw out all two months, then guess what? You’ll be in trouble on the scale and come January, you’ll be angry that you threw away 50 good days for a couple of holidays. So our first tip for you is to commit to staying on track for those 50 plus non-holiday days between November 1st and January 1st. You don’t have to drink a protein shake on Thanksgiving in order to maintain. Enjoy the actual holiday with your families and get back at it the next day!
Keep Your Workout Calendar in Full Affect
Our second tip is to find time to get your workouts in. Ideally, we would love to see each and every one of you in the gym. KFIT is open 7 days a week! Utilize open gym on Sunday mornings to get in a solid sweat. Try to commit to coming to the gym at least two to three times a week! We’ve added some new classes and hours to the schedule so check it out to see if the new hours work for you! Of course, we do understand that life is crazy and gets even crazier during the holidays, so if you cannot get to the gym, add a KFIT home workout into your routine. The beauty of the home workouts is they’re typically short and you don’t have to factor in any travel time.
Find a buddy that keeps you motivated. We’ve talked about this time and again, but we’re so fortunate to have this awesome community of women at KFIT. It really helps to find people that will motivate you to get to the gym and call you out when you skip! Fit friends are the best friends! If you can’t get to the gym, maybe your fit friend will want to do a Saturday afternoon hike or a track workout! Utilize our community to stay on track! We’re all in this together and at the end of the day, we have very similar goals!
Try a Month of Personal Training
If you know you’re someone that falls off the radar every holiday season, consider switching to personal training to keep you on track. The group classes are awesome, but quite frankly, you have to be accountable for your own attendance. If you know you lose motivation during the holidays, personal training is a great alternative because it is a scheduled hour for just YOU and we hold you accountable to that hour.
Book A Holiday Run
There’s bound to be a road race near you on Thanksgiving. Sign up! Every year, KFIT runs the Dreamcatcher Road Race on Thanksgiving morning. It is our most popular race and it starts right up the street from the gym at the Weymouth Elks. Our goal is to get more KFitters than ever to run this race this year! It starts at 8am, well before the holiday festivities commence and there is a 2 mile or 5 mile option. It is a GREAT race for a first-timer and very family-friendly! It is a great way to kick-off the Thanksgiving holiday, before we indulge in all the deliciousness the day brings! Think of it this way; Even if you walk the 2 miles, you’re probably moving more than you would if you didn’t sign up at all and that will make you feel better about indulging later! We also have a reduced schedule of classes the day after Thanksgiving so if you have off from work, get to the gym and work off all the mashed potatoes and stuffing!
We have all the confidence in the world that as a gym community, we will maintain our weight throughout the holidays. Keeping a routine is really the key to maintaining. Stay in that routine of working out throughout the week (even if it means changing which days you come) and continue to food prep over the next two months. Set realistic expectations. This might not be the best time of year to try to lose 10 pounds, but maintaining is more realistic and still an accomplishment!
Don’t throw away months of hard work, gained strength/endurance, weight loss, etc. for a couple of holidays. Stay on track and we guarantee you’ll be happy you did come January 1st!