The Best Secrets for Staying Fit During the Holidays
We traded in rosé for spiked cider and watermelon sorbet for pumpkin pie (just the smell of cinnamon has us salivating) a while ago, but we're only now realizing that the holiday season's mouth-watering indulgences can come at a higher calorie count, jeopardizing our formerly healthy diets. Add culinary temptation in with travel plans that throw us off our fitness regimens and we're really in for trouble—or are we?
Fitness expert Francesca Valarezo argues that staying healthy during the holidays is not only possible but also doesn't have to entail being too restrictive. Yes, this means we can still have dessert and not throw all of our hard work out the window. Valarezo's fitness- and health-related wisdom is endless, but we asked her to narrow things down to her top five tips.
Valarezo doesn't necessarily think it's realistic to completely steer clearly of holiday treats (phew), but she does recommend making them at home to avoid processed ingredients, which tend to have added sugar. For those days when we want something sweet but don't want to splurge too much, Valarezo has just the fall recipe to cure our cravings: baked apples topped with cinnamon and coconut-milk ice cream. Count us in.
Valarezo also suggests taking advantage of being away from our neighborhood fitness studio by trying something new. During the colder months, she loves practicing hot yoga to cope with the weather and get a challenging workout in. Bonus: "It helps us create digestive heat, and keeps our joints lubricated and warm," she notes.