Tips for Surviving the Holidays from the Pros
'Tis the season...countless holiday parties, cocktails, cookies and more. Here, some of the pros weigh in on their tips to enjoy the holidays without doing a number on your waistline, leading to more challenging New Year's resolutions.
"Be smart about your choices and know your limits!" Enjoy and indulge...it's two of many the things we all will do while on vacation during the holiday. If time is an issue while traveling during the holidays, do 30-minute workouts and eat small portions. The rule of a glass of water for every alcohol drink helps to keep your caloric counts down too. The smarter you are about your choices, the better off you'll be soon after the New Year. Happy Sweaty Holidays!
- Ray Wallace, NYC
"Workout the way you want to feel when you walk out." That feeling for both the mind and body is the most motivating and personally keeps me focused no matter what the season. Check out my article on MindBodyGreen.com for 5 exercises to keep you feeling strong and balanced especially during this time of year.
- Sydney Benner, Los Angeles
"Drink a good amount of water every day, but especially during the holidays." Not only does water speed up your metabolism (which is great for fat burning), it also helps you reach a level of satiety more quickly. If you were to only drink one 10-12 ounce glass of water before a meal you would consume roughly 75 fewer calories per meal. Seems like a small number? Now multiply it by 365 days a year, you would consume 27,000 fewer calories over the course of the year which equates to roughly 8 pounds. Also my clients follow an easy portion control guideline that I learned while studying for my Precision Nutrition certification, that we modify during the holidays by adding half a palm your favorite dessert while still sticking to our original portions.
- Troy Brooks, NYC