Who’s going home for the holidays? I know that a lot of us are taking vacations and leaving our everyday routines to join feasts full of honey-baked ham, eggnog, potato pancakes –you name it. And don’t get me wrong- there is always room for mindful holiday indulgences. But if we’re going to take part in these holidays traditions, let’s not leave our fitness routines by the wayside. Here are some tips to keep up your exercise game during the holidays.
Glam Your Winter Workout Gear
If you’re a runner, this is the time where your workout routine is likely to lag. Even if you’re not a runner, the walk in the cold to your local gym/yoga/dance studio might feel like a trek. My solution? Invest (or drop some gift-giving hints…) in getting warm workout clothes that you will enjoy wearing. I personally just bought myself some super warm running pants and hot pink sneakers. Don’t mind me while I run in style!
Try a Winter Sport
Embrace the cold! It’s the one time of year where you can go snowboarding, ice-skating, snowshoeing, and snow skating. A full day of one of these activities will give you more than your fair share of exercise. If you haven’t tried one of these before, try taking a lesson with your significant other, parents, siblings (I’m talking to you, David!), or children. It’s a great way to spend quality time together while also staying active.
Do it Indoors
If outdoor sports or going to the gym in the winter isn’t your thing, there is still no excuse in today’s electronic age! Try out a new DVD or online routine. Circuit workouts are especially effective in getting your heart rate up and staying in shape. Some of my favorites are Jillian Michaels 30 day shred (can purchase on amazon or itunes) and Body Rock TV.
Winter may mean chilly weather, but it also means delicious warming foods that are perfect post- workout. Why not use your workouts as an extra excuse to try some new winter recipes like my pumpkin butter with grain-free toast or some of the amazing recipes featured over at Aloha… I’m especially feeling their superbee fruit plate!
Remind Yourself of the Benefits of Exercise – Other Than Weight
Let’s be honest, you’re probably going to be eating some foods that will make weight loss – well let’s say – a little more difficult. If you think about exercise as a tool to lose weight during this time, you will likely be more susceptible to either overdoing it or to give up altogether, thinking there’s no way you can burn off more than what you ate. Instead, think about how exercising will help you enjoy the time that you will be spending with your loved ones. Here are just a few non-weight related benefits of exercise:
– Improves mood
– Increases focus
– Increases energy
– Reduces Stress
Convinced yet? Just think about how much better your holiday will be if you are happy, focused, relaxed, and energized. Now let’s get to it!
I don’t know where you are, but it is COLD here in New York City – Winter has definitely not come to an end here, for better or for worse. Lucky for us, there is one benefit to the Fall and Winter seasons: WINTER SQUASH!
I absolutely LOVE pumpkins. There are so many things you can do with them. Here are a bunch of delicious recipes that will keep you warm and full – all using one pumpkin!
1 head of broccoli
The guts of half a pumpkin, taken out with a fork or grapefruit knife
Adobo (I put this on almost everything! Make sure to get the Frontier’s brand which has no preservatives)
Sautee broccoli and garlic in olive oil on low heat for approximately 20 minutes or until done. Boil the stringy guts in hot water for 15 minutes. Mix together and top with salt, pepper, and Frontier’s Adobo.
This is a recipe that my Grandfather taught my dad, and my dad taught me – and now I’m sharing it with you, with a little bit of a twist. It’s so simple and fun to do with kids!
Adobo (of course 😉
salt and pepper
Put seasonings on the pumpkin seeds. Bake in oven at 325 degrees for about half an hour, or until toasted.
The other half of the pumpkin meat
tablespoon of nutmeg
tablespoon of cinnamon
1/2 vanilla bean
1/4 cup of coconut nectar
1 tablespoon of raisins
Blend ingredients together in a food processor. Serve with toast or as a side dish.