As we wind down a crazy and challenging year, the holidays are finally here! Yes, it’s the start of the most wonderful time of year. A time to be thankful for all we have. This is especially true in 2020 when the whole world seems a bit uncertain.

The holiday season brings with it greater temptations, such as the need to overindulge. As if turkey with stuffing, gravy and candied yams were not enough, there are always plenty of desserts calling our names.

We all have our favorite holiday foods, after all that’s what this time of year is all about…right? Unfortunately, overindulging just makes our work, and our workouts, harder after the holidays. However, there are some relatively easy things you can do to make it through this time of year without going overboard and gaining tons of weight!

  • One of the most important things is to be aware. It’s so easy to get caught up in the season
    that we fall into the trap of mindlessly eating all the foods that are put in front of us this time
    of year.
  • Don’t forget to drink plenty of water. If you are headed out to a gathering (or if you are
    busy pulling together a gathering of your own), drink a glass of water before you go.
    Staying hydrated will help you feel full and satisfied.
  • Eat a healthy snack such as a piece of fruit or a handful of carrots before enjoying a meal
    where you know there will be lots of rich foods.
  • Have a small sliver of pecan pie or coconut cake, rather than a full slice. Smaller
    portions allow us to have that decadent taste without completely depriving ourselves.
  • Use a smaller plate. It raises the satisfaction factor if our plates look full.
  • Start a new tradition and take a walk with your family after dinner. You’ll walk off some
    calories, enjoy some fresh air and get some exercise!

The most important thing is to make time for fitness and OCSC can help! Our cardio equipment will definitely get your heart rate going and help burn off any extra calories you may have consumed. We will be closed on Thanksgiving Day but will OPEN up once again on Friday 11/27 so come on in! We want to help keep you strong and healthy not only through the holidays but through the all the other days as well.

Whatever your holiday plans, stay safe and healthy this Thanksgiving!