The holiday season is undoubtedly a time of joy, love, and creating precious memories with your loved ones. However, it often comes hand-in-hand with indulgent feasts, tempting treats, mindless snacking, and an abundance of alcohol, making it challenging for busy working moms to stay active and healthy. Fret not, though! There are several simple yet effective ways to burn those extra calories without stepping foot in a gym, ensuring you can maintain your fitness goals while juggling your holiday responsibilities. Now this isn't me telling your not to workout, remember, your body is your personal business card, keep it well shined so you feel your best!
1. Embrace Quick Workouts: Dedicate just 15-20 minutes to high-intensity interval training (HIIT) exercises. These short bursts of intense activity followed by brief periods of rest can boost your metabolism, helping you burn calories efficiently. Incorporate exercises like jumping jacks, squats, and lunges to get your heart pumping and muscles working. Follow us on social media where we share our training logs, tips, workout hacks.
2. Get Moving with Family Activities: Turn holiday traditions into opportunities for physical activity. Organize family walks after meals, engage in friendly outdoor games like soccer or frisbee, or even dance to your favorite holiday tunes. Including your loved ones will not only burn calories but also create cherished bonding moments.
3. Opt for Active Commuting: If possible, consider walking or cycling for short errands instead of driving. This not only burns calories but also reduces your carbon footprint. Plus, it's a great way to get some fresh air. Walking or biking not an option? Park a little further away, walking increases your NEAT (Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis) and gives you time to set positive intentions for the season.
4. Practice Mindful Eating: Mindful eating involves savoring each bite, being aware of your body's hunger and fullness cues, and avoiding distractions like screens while eating. By paying attention to what and how much you eat, you can prevent overindulgence and unnecessary calorie intake. One of the biggest things missed during the Holidays is proper water intake. With your hectic schedule it can be easy to lack proper hydration. Keeping your water intake up not only keeps you burning calories, but it also helps you stop unnecessary snacking, and keeps your skin with a natural joyful glow.
5. Plan Healthy Holiday Meals: Prepare nutritious, low-calorie holiday dishes that are as delicious as they are wholesome. AND, If you want help making your recipes waist line friendly while still full of flavor comment below with something you would like to see "cleaned up."
Here's a warm and healthy holiday recipe to delight your taste buds:
Warm Quinoa Salad with Roasted Vegetables:
1 cup quinoa, rinsed and cooked
2 cups mixed vegetables (such as bell peppers, zucchini, and cherry tomatoes), chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon garlic powder
Salt and pepper to taste
Fresh basil leaves for garnish
Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
Toss the chopped vegetables with olive oil, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
Spread the vegetables evenly on a baking sheet and roast for 20-25 minutes or until they are tender and slightly caramelized.
In a large bowl, combine the cooked quinoa and roasted vegetables.
Garnish with fresh basil leaves and serve warm.
By incorporating these tips and savoring healthy recipes, you can enjoy a festive holiday season while keeping your fitness goals on track. Remember, staying active and mindful will not only benefit your body but also enhance your overall well-being, allowing you to create lasting memories with your loved ones. Happy holidays and happy, healthy living!