The holiday seasons are meant for family time and of course…eating without worrying too much about calories! But after seeing the number on the scale after a few heavy meals, now you just can’t wait to get back to your fitness routine to lose all holiday weight. If you are struggling to return to fitness after the holidays, take these simple tips to ease the tradition back to it.
Tip #1 Go at your own pace
Don’t push yourself too hard. Skip those sweaty, hard exercise sessions! The best way to get into the habit of exercise is to start with less intense exercises. It’s nothing wrong sticking with the basics, such as squats, biking, light running, as your body takes a bit of time to rebound after the holidays. Make sure you always listen to your body and know your limits. Never go too far to prevent yourself from getting burned out or hurt.
Tip #2 Build your own workout plan
Make fitness a part of your routine and have fun while working out. A regular workout plan is so crucial that it helps you to stay fully committed and motivated to your fitness routine. Nothing will motivate you more than trying to achieve a goal. Set a goal, mark it on your calendar, and have fun with it. However, be sure to set reasonable goals, it’s more likely that you will stick with them.
Tip #3 Get back to a healthy diet
Get over the guilt and kick back into your normal, healthy diet. Eating right fuels your body with good nutrition, and helps you get back in shape in addition to regular workouts. Be sure to stay away from processed foods, soft drinks and alcohols, while you may eat more fruits, lean meats and healthy fats, such as avocados, fatty fish, nuts.
Tip #4 Stretch properly
Stretching before a workout allows your body to become less prone to injury. Muscles are often tighter than usual especially after a couple of weeks of inactivity during the holiday seasons. Take 10 – 15 minutes to stretch thoroughly to warmed yourself up if you don’t want to risk injuring yourself.