As many of you sit in the airport reading this from your smartphone, you might be feeling a slight pang of anxiety about returning home for several reasons. One of those not involving meeting your sweetheart’s relatives may have something to do with not gaining unnecessary weight while indulging on holiday goodies. Fortunately, my dear friend and go to for health and fitness tips, Adrienne Zager has been so kind as to drop some knowledge on how to stay slim during your trip home to the ‘burbs. Nothing can fully express my inner panic and dread of how to pack a suitcase better than that terrified look of dear little Kevin McCallister. However, after one too many excess baggage fees paid and excess pounds gained, I now officially have traveling light and feeling light down to a science.
Before I share with you my Holiday Fit Essentials Guide, let’s first reintroduce our regimented selves to one of the greatest life lessons the holidays serve to remind us: flexibility. Instead of having an anxiety attack over the thought of missing your weekly hot pilates class, embrace the healthy change of scenery by simplifying your workouts and creatively using your surroundings. Stairs or a fireplace are perfect for step-ups and provide just enough height to effectively target your tush. Regardless of your heath and fitness goals, maintaining a consistent diet is fairly easy when in the comfort of your own home and regular routine. Traveling requires a flexible diet approach by making moderation your new best friend so you can enjoy your favorite holiday foods guilt-free. Contrary to popular belief, unless you completely gorge yourself from now until the new year, if your clothes feel snug it’s water retention. Dehydration, alcohol consumption, and sodium-rich foods cause the body to hold onto water. In order for the body to process fluids correctly it must be properly and consistently hydrated, so say hello to your second new best friend: water.
And with that, let’s get down to the nitty gritty.
Holiday Fit Essentials Guide:
* Fruit-of-the-Loom men’s wife beaters
- I’ve used these for years. They are cheap, simple and practical. Bring a pair of sneakers, basic black workout leggings/capris and use an assortment of colorful and/or printed sport bras to change up your look.
* Resistance bands and jump rope
- These cheap buys should remain in your suitcase year-round as gym access isn’t always a guarantee. They provide diverse, effective and fast workouts in the comfort of your hotel or guest room.
* Vitamin case
- Purse-friendly way to keep your hangover headache medication, daily multivitamin, and B-complex organized. B-complex is essential for food metabilism, energy production, digestion, relieving water retention, healthy hair/skin/nails and much more.
* Protein Powder
- Portable, quick and convenient meal on the go. Scoop what you need into a ziplock bag for easy packing. Don’t forget to include the scoop and a shaker.
- Best sugar substitute and will help satisfy cravings. Stevia + lemons = the perfect sugar-free lemonade and makes increasing your water intake easy.
* Detox tea
- Drink in the morning and night to gently cleanse and rid your body of toxins and water retention.
* Apple Cider Vinegar
- My holy grail for the fountain of youth and weight loss. One shot and your sugar craving is gone. If you can’t get the shot down add 2 tbls to 8oz of lemon water and stevia to taste. The health and detox benefits of ACV are endless.
1. Organic Food Bar Raw Vegan Protein, $69.99, 2. Wholesome Sweeteners Organic Stevia, $8.99, 3. Bella Faux Ostrich Skin 7 Day Pill Box, $12.98, 4. Fruit of the Loom Men’s 8 Pack A Shirt, $17.99, 5. Kusmi Tea Detox Tea Bags, $15.85, 6. Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar, $4.99, 7. Rage Resistance Bands, $24.99, 8. All Pro Weight Adjustable Jump Rope, $22.99