To workout or eat? That is the question! Our tips for maintaining a healthy balance during the holidays...

December 17, 2014

Happy Holidays Monkey Mat Family!  Or as I like to say, “Tis the season for eating!”  In the upcoming weeks, I must prepare myself to be faced with every culinary temptation imaginable. From holiday dinners to a schedule filled with holiday parties, it can be increasingly difficult to fight off the dreaded “holiday bulge.”

I consider the holidays the most difficult time to maintain a healthy balance between eating and exercise.  However, I firmly believe that there are many ways to stay fit and healthy while still eating that slice of pie (okay, maybe two… yolo)!

From us to you we would like to share our tips for keeping off the extra holiday pounds:

  1. Invite others to exercise with you: take your #MonkeyMat to a local park or outside in your backyard and lead your own workout class amongst family and friends full of burpees, crunches, jumping jacks, and other simple exercises involving only your body weight.
  2. Download a fitness app: use technology to keep track of your steps, calories burned, and set workout goals or create food diaries of your meals. There are many free apps to choose from and are just a click away from keeping you motivated and aware.
  3. Act like a kid: run around outside, ride your bike around the neighborhood, play touch football, have a snowball fight (here in Texas they are fake snowballs), go sledding, etc.
  4. Eat breakfast everyday: especially on the big days and before any event. Starting out on an empty stomach only promotes binge eating so be sure to start out on the right foot.
  5. Lastly, please remember to SLOW DOWN while eating...you will truly enjoy it more when you get to TASTE every bite!

Most importantly, enjoy the season, savor the festive flavors and the time with family, and just keep movin’ so guilt doesn’t overpower the enjoyment of this special time of year!

As always, wishing you happy holidays and many happy Monkey Mat moments!

XO,

Monkey Mat Mamas and Courtney J.

              




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