As the holidays draw near, it’s easy to start thinking: “How am I going to stay on track with nutrition? What about a consistent exercise schedule?”
At Farrell’s, we provide you with the training to keep on track. Focusing on nutrition and exercise will keep you accountable to your future goals.
You can start developing healthy habits right away by trying a free week of fitness classes at FXB Greenwood. Here are a couple of other tips to help you navigate the upcoming season while still pursuing your goals.
4 Helpful Tips to Navigate the Holiday Season
1. Set Your Alarm Clock
Tackle your workout first thing when you get up if your schedule allows it. The last few months of the year are hectic, but it’s better to cross your workout off your to-do list—instead of telling yourself you’ll make it up tomorrow.
2. Plan Your Meals
It’s easier to plan your meals a few days in advance, instead of making unhealthy decisions when you’re hungry and without a dinner plan. Our Simple Meal Plan makes grocery shopping and meal planning nearly effortless. Contact us to get your copy.
If you’re eating at a restaurant during the weekend, modify your meals on weekdays to keep your nutrition in check.
Related: 6 Reasons Why Farrell’s Nutrition Works
Sample Weekday Meal Plan
Here’s an example of a weekly 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. Stir 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 covered. Pour brine into the stockpot and stir to evenly distribute.
- Cover with a lid and refrigerate overnight. The following day, rinse the chicken before cooking 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 prefer 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
Grab your favorite blanket, find a cozy spot and take a nap. A 30-minute nap is reinvigorating and helps you keep healthy during the busy holiday season.
If you need help falling asleep, check out the Calm app. You’ll rest soundly and wake to a pleasant chorus of birds, not a loud phone alarm.
4. Enjoy the Season
Don’t forget to find joy in the upcoming busy season.
- Schedule a supper with family
- Decrease your weekday stress by spending time on Sundays meal planning
- Take a break when you need it
Build Healthy Habits Today with FXB
Now is the time to get going on building healthy habits to carry you through the holidays. At Farrell’s Greenwood, we’ll instruct you on nutrition, exercise and more. Get started now by claiming your free week of classes with us.