As the holidays draw near, it’s easy to start thinking: “How am I going to eat right? What about a frequent exercise plan?”
At Farrell’s, we equip you with the training to keep on track. Focusing on nutrition and exercise will keep you accountable to your long-term goals.
You can start building healthy habits right away by trying a free week of fitness classes at FXB Colorado Springs. Here are several other tips to help you make it through the approaching season while still pursuing your goals.
4 Helpful Tips to Navigate the Holiday Season
1. Set Your Alarm Clock
Tackle your workout immediately when you wake up if your schedule has room for it. The last few months of the year are busy, but it’s better to cross your workout off your to-do list—instead of telling yourself you’ll make it up another day.
2. Plan Your Meals
It’s easier to plan your meals a few days beforehand, instead of making bad decisions when you’re hungry and without a dinner plan. Our Simple Meal Plan makes grocery shopping and meal planning straightforward. Contact us to get your copy.
If you’re going out to eat during the weekend, change your meals on weekdays to keep your nutrition proportioned.
Related: 6 Reasons Why Farrell’s Nutrition Works
Sample Weekday Meal Plan
Here’s an example of a daily meal plan you can customize:
- Breakfast: healthy protein shake
- Lunch: nutrient-rich salad with fresh veggies and protein
- Dinner: chicken with a salad, acorn squash or sweet potato
Here’s a simple brined chicken recipe from AllSpice Culinarium in Des Moines.
You only need two ingredients:
- One whole chicken
- All Spice Brining Mix (half packet)
- Boil 3 cups of water in a small saucepan. Sprinkle in a half packet of the brining mix and boil until the crystals dissolve.
- While you are waiting for the brine, rinse the chicken under cold water. Place the chicken in a large stockpot with cold water and ice until the chicken is fully submerged. Pour brine into the stockpot and stir to consistently distribute.
- Cover with a lid and refrigerate overnight. The following day, rinse the chicken before roasting it.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Rest the chicken in a roasting pan, breast side up and brush olive oil or butter over the chicken. (Optional: Stuff with celery and onion.)
- Bake uncovered for 75 minutes, or until internal temperature reaches 180 degrees. Toward the end of baking, broil your chicken if you want it browned.
- Remove from oven and let the chicken rest for 15-20 minutes.
You can also follow this recipe to cook your Thanksgiving turkey. If cooking turkey, use the complete packet of brining mix.
3. Take a Cozy Break
Locate your favorite blanket, find a comfy spot and take a nap. A 30-minute nap is refreshing and helps you stay healthy during the busy holiday season.
If you need help sleeping, check out the Calm app. You’ll rest calmly and wake to a pleasant chorus of birds, not a loud phone alarm.
4. Enjoy the Season
Remember to find joy in the upcoming busy season.
- Schedule a meal with loved ones
- Decrease your daily stress by spending time on Sundays meal planning
- Relax when you need it
Build Healthy Habits Today with FXB
Now is the time to get going on making healthy habits to carry you through the holidays. At Farrell’s Colorado Springs, we’ll teach you about nutrition, exercise and more. Get started right away by claiming your free week of classes with us.