10 fitness and nutrition tips for the holiday season

10 fitness and nutrition tips for the holiday season
The holidays kick off in grand style with the Thanksgiving feast, followed by several weeks of more eating, drinking and merriment than is good for you. Here are some tips to stay on track with your fitness program.

Ah, Thanksgiving Week — when the holiday season really kicks into high gear. 

Of course, the pandemic put a serious crimp in most everyone’s holidays in 2020 and 2021 — but this holiday season feels more like the traditional ones of the past. 

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So it’s perfectly understandable if you’re looking forward to enjoying your first event-filled holiday season since 2019.  

However, just in case you’re a bit out of practice when it comes to celebrating a busy holiday season while also maintaining your fitness and nutrition plans, we’ve got some suggestions to help you get through the next six weeks with both intact. 

Staying in shape 

Doing something is better than doing nothing. 

Austin Brock, certified fitness trainer and co-owner of Slash Fitness in Delray Beach recommends that you try to fit in 15 to 20 minutes of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) on a cardio machine.

Austin Brock, certified trainer and co-owner of Slash Fitness in Delray Beach.

“If you don’t own a cardio machine or have access to one, any park or open area will do,” he says. 

He says elevating your heart rate to around 80% of your max — and sustaining it for one to three minutes if possible — is a great way to burn calories. 

“Then, follow that with lowering your heart rate to 60% of your max heart rate for the same amount of time,” he instructs.