Hi guys! I am so honored to be guest posting for Deryn today! I discovered Running on Real Food a few years ago and quickly became a huge fan – especially of those energy bites and bars! YUM! I also love the support and emphasis on REAL foods and STRENGTH!!!
I’m going to start with a confession:
I am a holiday nerd.
I love holidays. I will dress up. Wear red and green. Plan my exercise classes with holiday themes. Put up Christmas lights behind the SPIN bikes while I teach. Thankfully my classes always humor me and pretend to enjoy it.
However, I don’t know about you, but I ALWAYS feel wiped and drained post-holiday time. Life gets busy. Holiday parties make eating healthy difficult. And it never fails that I always feel like I start the new year stressed, exhausted, and a few steps behind on my workouts.
But it doesn’t have to be this way! Even with disruptions to our normal routine, we can still stay strong and fit during the holidays. Try these 7 tips for staying on track during the holiday season.
7 Tips for Staying on Track During the Holidays
1. Plan Ahead.
It is simple – if you plan ahead you are more likely to get things accomplished. From eating healthy foods, to not having excess cookies laying out, to planning workouts for your busy week, to planning early workouts before you get interrupted – making a schedule and a plan and STICKING TO IT will set you up for the greatest success.
2. Quality Over Quantity When it Comes to Workouts.
Do you normally spend hours at the gym? Thirty minutes? Just because you may have less time doesn’t mean you should skip your workout. Choose workouts that give you the most for your money – try a full body lifting workout, circuit training, or a total body AMRAP. Put down your phone, focus, and get it done.
3. Pick ONE Food Item to Cheat with at Parties.
Pick your favorite and indulge (moderately) with that item.
4. Drink More Water.
It will keep your metabolism up, you feeling fuller, and it doesn’t have calories. Aim for half your body weight in ounces of water per day.
5. Workout with Friends and Family.
If you are going to have family in town or friends want to get together, invite them to workout. Children home from school? Get the whole family involved in some fitness fun!!
6. Get Fun and Creative with Your Workouts – Try Something New.
If you are interested in what you are doing, you are more likely to stick with it. Or try something completely different!
7. Look for Ways to Make Holiday Flavors Healthier
Try my Gingerbread Protein Muffins with Eggnog Syrup to get you started! They’re made with simple, wholesome ingredients and are the perfect healthy treat to fuel you through the holidays.
Vegan Gingerbread Protein Muffins
- Category: Snack, Dessert
- Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten-Free
- 1/3 cup almond flour
- 1/3 cup coconut flour
- 1/3 cup oats
- 2 tbsp ground flax + 2 tbsp chia seeds mixed with 1/4 cup water
- 2 tbsp molasses
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 2 cups almond milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 scoop vegan vanilla protein powder
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
- Mix all the ingredients minus maple syrup and eggnog extract in a bowl.
- Spoon mixture into mini muffin tins, individual baking dishes, or a 8×8 pan.
- Bake at 350 for 25 minutes (mini muffins) to 50 minutes (baking dish).
- Serve warm with maple syrup flavored with a drop of eggnog extract.
Amanda is a triathlete, strength and conditioning coach, SPIN ® instructor, trainer, and Hyperwear ® Sandbell ® Instructor located in southern Ohio. Her blog [WO]MAN in the ARENA is devoted to motivating and inspiring everyone to build strength into all aspects of life — to eat healthier, workout stronger, and live life to its fullest.