https://www.mentalhealth.gov/b...It’s (almost) the most wonderful time of the year. Parties, family-time and lots and lots of food and beverages. At Trilogy, we’re all about balance. We don’t believe in avoiding the fun or traditions to preserve your fitness goals. Instead, we’re offering some simple tips to integrate into this holiday season to help you celebrate responsibly.
You don’t have to avoid bad foods altogether – just choose them wisely – and ALWAYS use proper portion control.
- Just a taste. Don’t sit down with that whole bag of candy or chips –put a few pieces on a small plate and walk away to enjoy.
- Double up on your veggies and greens. They give you essential vitamins, minerals, and most importantly - they help with digestion.
- Swap this for that: Turkey is a rich and nutritious source of protein, and both white and dark meat are good options. Dark meat has a little more iron, zinc, riboflavin, thiamine, and vitamins B6 and B12. Both have less fat than most cuts of red meat. Pro tip: Remove the skin to avoid excess fat and cholesterol.
Carb lover? Consider swapping baked sweet potatoes with fresh herbs over regular mashed potatoes. It gives you more vitamins and keeps blood sugar leves low.
- Drink up. Fill up that water bottle (or 8oz glass) at least 4 times a day to counteract the alcohol, extra calories and sodium you’re consuming. Drinking plenty of water also helps you fight cravings and over-eating. If you find yourself fantasizing about that bowl of M&M’s or mashed potatoes, try chugging some water and wait 30 minutes to see if you still want it.
Tis’ the time of year to be constantly surrounded by people or things to do – and that can spike your anxiety and stress levels and throw your health off track.
- Schedule You Time. Avoid becoming overwhelmed, anxious or stressed by setting aside some solid alone-time. Dedicate a few hours a week to read, exercise, binge Netflix, nap – whatever. Take as much time as you need to recharge your batteries.
- Talk it out. If you’re still prone to feeling the holiday blues - talk to your friends, family, mentor or a mental health professional; it can take a burden off your shoulders and increase the serotonin level, which is the happiness hormone.
We all have our go-to reasons for avoiding the gym: tiredness, laziness, lack of free time or energy, etc. Just 30 minutes a day can drastically increase your serotonin levels, reducing your stress and clearing your mind.
- Use the buddy-system. Add a layer of accountability by signing up for the Turkey Trot with a friend or family member. Or sign up for one of our awesome group classes.
- Work with a personal trainer. The trainers here at Trilogy are expert accountability managers. We help you design the most effective workouts that fit your schedule, while guiding your nutrition and fitness goals.
Trilogy is here for you 24/7. Our facilities will be open throughout the holidays, and our staff is always ready and willing to help you however you need.