‘Tis the season to sit and snuggle’: tips on staying active during the chilly Holiday season

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Getting in a work out, day in and day out is a hard task. And during the winter, when the days are short and the weather is anything but inviting, you may find that sticking to your workout routine may be harder than ever. The cozy fireplace, a warm bed, and all those holiday treats.... who can blame you for wanting to skip a workout here and there? But if you want to kick the New Year off to a healthy start, don’t wait until January, work on staying on track now, following these 3 tips:

#1.) Bend your rules, but don’t break.

We all know there is a lot going on during the Holidays. Instead of giving up on your workouts altogether, try instead to alter your routine. Instead of walking the stair master for 45 minutes, try doing interval training for a shorter, more intense workout (20-30 min). If you normally workout after work, try getting it done before work. This way, you won’t be tempted by evening events, or you know, your cozy bed. See this season as a way to mix-up your routine and try something new. Who knows? You may just like it this way.

#2.) Incorporate the family.

When it’s cold outside and Holiday cheer is in the air, you just want to be around your friends and family, snuggling up on the couch or baking cookies together. Make an effort to get your family moving by organizing an activity everyone can do together. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a 5K neighborhood run, or an intense game of HeadsUp!,  encourage your family to get moving together. My personal family favorite: Frisbee and football in the front yard.

#3.) Bring it inside.

Some say the hardest part about a workout is putting on your shoes, and heading out the door, especially in the wintertime when the weather is anything but inviting. But really, how much easier would it be for you to get that workout done if you didn’t have to leave the house? Make some space in the living room or garage for a plyometric workout at home - no weights or machines needed. And although there is some great at-home workout DVD’s out there, there’s a lot of great videos online, for free!

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Holiday Sugar Cookie Smoothie

I know most people would argue that their mother’s sugar cookies are the best. Well, that’s only because they haven’t tried my mom’s. I recently attempted to re-create my mother’s sugar cookie recipe by myself for the first time, and let’s just saw there was A LOT more butter involved than I thought. But in order to keep my cookie-cravings in check without consuming ALL the cookies, I knew I needed to come up with something sweet, satisfying, and of course, nutritious. So, alas! The sugar cookie protein shake to have in place of that 2nd, 3rd... or dare I say 4th sugar cookie. 

 

1 small or ½ large banana, peeled and frozen

1 cup filtered water

¼ cup macadamia nuts or cashews

1 scoop vanilla-flavored soy protein powder 

½ teaspoon maca powder

¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

Pinch of sea salt

1 pkt Stevia

Holiday sprinkles to garnish

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