Over 16 million of us will travel for the holidays this year. Some of you will visit family, see friends, and almost all of you will eat lots and lots of food! However, thanks to my friend and celebrity trainer Jennifer Cohen, the holidays don’t have to completely derail your healthy lifestyle!
1. Pack a Workout
What are three fantastic workout tools that take up less room than a hair dryer? A jump rope, a resistance band, and a Polar heart rate monitor. Using the heart rate monitor to work in your maximum fat-burning zone with the rope and resistance band will save you time; a 10 minute workout in your maximum zone can do as much good as an hour on a treadmill. I love Polar’s F7 monitor because it also tracks calories burned and is simple to use.
2. Wake Up Early
I can hear the groans already, but studies have proven that working out gives you more energy and makes you much more conscientious about your food choices throughout the day – this better judgement will save you tons of calories at all those family dinners. Most Holiday events are in the afternoon or evening, so get your exercise in before the rest of the family wakes up.
3. Walk the Town
What better way to catch up with your old neighborhood than to walk around? Experience the city you’re in on foot to look at decorations and get some much-needed exercise. A 120 lbs person will burn 65 calories per mile, and a long walk is great way to catch up with your loved ones. It’s a win-win.
4. Stay Hydrated
Flying dehydrates you because of lack of humidity in the cabin air, so stay away from drinking anything caffeinated or alcoholic when you travel – it will dehydrate you and put you off your plan for the rest of your vacation. Try to drink a glass of water every hour on the plane or in the car. Whenever you drink alcohol, always drink at least one glass of water in between each cocktail. If you’re sick of water try club soda with a twist of lemon. Your body will thank you for it.
5. Calm Down
Relax. No one expects you to stick to your normal fitness plan 100%, especially around the Holidays! If you can get 10 minutes in every day, stick to normal foods for 2/3 of your meals and limit snacking in between meals, you should come out of your trip in the same condition you left. Be good to your body and still enjoy yourself – it’s the Holidays!