The last two years, November and December were heavy duty mileage for me with Goofy Challenge in 2013 and the Dopey Challenge in 2014. If you don't know what they are, good for you. Only a crazy person runs multiple races on consecutive days. But what it did do was help me become very disciplined during the holidays with both eating and drinking! I will also confess that during a couple of my back to back long training runs, I actually ate Christmas cookies in the middle of the run as fuel. Yes, they were delicious!
Here are some tips to keep you keep on track when parties and activities can take over your normally healthy routine.
1. Plan each week carefully, and know that there will be days when your exercise routine and food intake may not be the best. This is not the time to beat yourself up over a missed day at the gym, or a cupcake at the work Christmas party. The holidays are a wonderful time of celebration with friends and family, so have fun and know that January is around the corner!
2. When attending a holiday party, bring a dish that you will be happy to eat that is guilt free. Some suggestions are shrimp cocktail, a veggie tray, or maybe chicken Teriyaki skewers.
4. Start a family tradition based on an activity instead of what you are eating. Depending on where you live, it could be ice skating, a night of holiday board games, a drive through a residential neighborhood viewing the lights and decorations or perhaps caroling with a group of your neighbors.
5. Hand Sanitizer! Now is the cold and flu season and washing your hands frequently and using hand sanitizing gel when a sink is not available is so important. I brought one of the first cases of flu to NC last September after flying to and from the Boston area. It was no fun being laid up for nearly a week, so I now have gel in the car, in my purse, gym bag etc.
What are your suggestions on keeping well during the holidays?