Thanksgiving Fitness Tips with Equinox- Franklin st
We asked the Tier 4 training staff at Equinox Franklin street for some quick tips to maintain, or even gain progress on your fitness goals around Thanksgiving. Here’s what they had to say…
1. Workout Thursday morning.
Seriously. You will feel amazing that you did this, and chances are will make better food choices because of it. And even if you do go a little over the top, guess what, you at least got a workout in. Holidays don’t mean you get a “free pass” from working out. Quite the opposite actually.
1) Turkey Trot (most towns have em’!)
2) Early morning run on your own or even better, with a family member in town for the holiday.
3) 5 exercises. 5 tabatas. 20 minutes and you’re done.
4) Or do what I’m doing! Two hour heat vinyasa with my dad! Four years later, it’s now a tradition. Look up some yoga studios, chances are they’ll have one! (And a Friday heated yoga post thanksgiving detox! Most yoga studios have those too!)
Eat anything and everything that you have a craving for. On Friday, resume your normal healthy lifestyle. In the overall scheme of things, holidays easily fall into the 10% of the 90 (clean) / 10 (cheat) strategy.
1. Don’t starve yourself before Thanksgiving dinner! If you arrive starving you won’t be able to resist all the nutritional pitfalls. Have your normal meals beforehand so you can limit yourself on the party food.
2. Keep training – try to keep your regular schedule training schedule.
3. Don’t drink your calories. Those holiday cocktails can contain a lot of calories.
4. Enjoy your holiday! Holidays only come around once in while. Allow yourself a few bites of your favorite foods without going overboard. When the holiday is over, get back on plan.
To maintain or enhance your progress during the holidays i would look at the specific day of the holiday as a day of relief from all of the hard work you have been putting in. The best thing you CAN do on these occasions are to cut your portion size down,and eat more frequently. I find the trouble is when people extend the gluttony for a prolonged period. The tendency to do this is what throws momentum off of the prior progress. The worst thing you can do is guilt yourself for indulging in the day, it is not going to throw off your progress by enjoying the food and drink, just remember what your overall goals are. You’ve worked hard and have been disciplined give he psychological side a break as well as the physical!