Tonawanda News

November 10, 2013

FIT FOR LIFE: Don't let holidays derail your fitness goals

The Tonawanda News

Tonawanda News — The holiday season is fast approaching. This means we’re at the pinnacle of the holiday eating and drinking season. 

Food and festivities will be plentiful, so don’t jump in blindly. It is totally possible to still enjoy good food and mingle your way through the holidays without adding unwanted weight. Here are some tips to keep you from earning a souvenir of extra weight:

Keep your routine

There’s no reason to stop working out. Go for a run or get in a good workout at the gym before you head out. Or plan a semi-private training session the morning after a big bash. You’ll be less likely to overindulge if you know you’re going to get a butt kicking the following morning.

Fill up on veggies and lean protein

Take your time and look at your options. Be smart about your choices. If that finger food looks loaded with cheese, keep walking. Some things just aren’t worth it. If you’re going to indulge a little, make sure it’s with your favorite food. There’s nothing worse than planning a cheat meal and wasting it on random finger food here and there. Make those calories count.

Portion control

If you have a choice of plates, grab the smaller one and fill it with healthy choices. It will feel like you’re eating more, when in fact you’re eating less. Less is more in this case.

Be the life of the party

This doesn’t mean doing keg stands with the host. Alcohol is a diet killer so choose your beverage wisely. Champagne at 80 calories a glass or light(er) beer arent bad choices. You can still have fun without getting wasted. It’s been proven — really. 

If your mouth is busy socializing it’s less likely to be in the corner overeating. If there’s a dance floor, get out there or lunge back to your car. It’ll burn some extra calories and probably give you an idea of whether or not you should be driving.

Stay hydrated

Water fills you up and fires up your metabolism.

Enjoy the holidays. It’s a beautiful time of the year. Remember: You’re always in control of your destiny. What’s yours?

Chris Tybor is a personal trainer and owner of Christfit, which has locations in Lewiston and Niagara Falls. For more information visit