It can be hard to get back into a routine after a long holiday vacation. Too many late nights and carb-heavy meals make us feel sluggish and unprepared for our alarm clocks in the morning. But, as the old saying goes, too much of a good thing can quickly spoil (or something like that), which is why it's important to say farewell to the holiday cheer and get back at it with our health and fitness routine.
There are a few things that make rebooting routine a bit easier. Because New Year's fell smack dab in the middle of the week this year (Wednesdays are rarely good for anything), we recommend using this weekend to reintroduce your body to routine. One extra day of vacation never hurt anyone, right?
On Saturday, clear our your refrigerator. Toss out holiday casseroles that have spoiled and donate the extra food you know you won't eat. Wipe down your shelves and organize your cabinets, preparing your kitchen for a haul of whole foods and healthy snacks. Then go to the grocery store or your favorite winter farmer's market.
Keep meals easy and simple this week, focusing on eating colorful and wholesome produce
alongside some proteins and grains. Whip up a few smoothies for breakfast if you're feeling creative.
Similarly, dust off your gym sneakers. Do your laundry and get your gym bag ready to go for Monday morning. If you're feeling extra motivated, try to get to the gym this weekend. Otherwise, spend time outside, doing something active, even if it means taking an extra-long walk with the dog. The more prepared you are for Monday morning, the easier it will be to get out of bed and jumpstart your routine.
The hard part is going to be the evening. For the last few weeks, you've been spending each night with friends or holiday films and your favorite sweets and adult beverages. Now, though, is the time to have a wholesome dinner at, well, dinnertime. Opt for water and a calming cup of tea
before bed. Read instead of watching TV. And then get to sleep—early. The more zzz's you get,
the easier it will be to resist the snooze button at 6 am.
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