Holiday Health Tips for Runners
Tis the season for holiday parties and spending time with family.
I love Christmas time for a host of reasons: those chocolate peanut butter balls that are everywhere, presents, spending time with family, those chocolate peanut butter balls..
One downside is that it is not a fabulous time to be thinking about running. Sugary treats make great workout fuel, but it isn’t in your best interest to skip out on that special family tradition to go on a run. Running is important, but people are always more important!
Over the years, I have established a few habits that allow me to coast through the holidays, truly celebrate and enjoy the season and stay on track for training which ramps back up in January.
1. High Intensity workouts:
I will wake up 15 minutes early and do a high intensity plyometrics workout to get my blood pumping and body moving, but still leaves lots of time to watch Elf and enjoy my mom’s amazing Christmas cinnamon rolls. I will often do something like this:
I know this seems super lame, but I need to eat a lot to be a happy girl. If we are talking and my eyes are darting around the room, chances are, I am hungry and there is food in the corner. I want to be fully engaged with people so I often take down a green smoothie before going out. Something like this normally does the trick:
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3. Rest Up:
Holidays are a perfect time to make sure your sleep meter is topped up. Instead of watching movies till 3 AM, get to bed in good time so you are fully rested once the holidays are over.
4. Bring something you know is good for you to holiday potlucks:
Tables are laden with those chocolate peanut butter balls, sweet treats and delicious dips and breads but making something that is healthy will help you to make sure that vegetables make at least one appearance on your plate.
5. Set up challenges:
At my office, we have a health challenge running over the month of December which acts like an advent calendar, so instead of chocolate, I do push ups. I know. I felt cheated too. Also, my coach has established a December challenge where it is required to do a minimum of 5 minutes of core work a day. This has helped me to be a little more strength focused in my off season and make sure I am strong for next year.
What are your tricks for staying a healthy runner over the holidays?
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