Holiday Resolutions for a Strong New Year

Staying healthy during the the winter can be a daunting challenge for even the most dedicated fitness and wellness enthusiasts. Holiday season in now in full swing, meaning that tasty temptations arise in the form of festive cocktails and jolly delicacies, and that snow flurries make staying home by the fire more inviting than venturing out to the gym. Anticipation is the best plan of attack for staying committed to your health during the holidays, and I encourage all of my clients to come up several “Holiday Resolutions” to keep them on track through New Years.

“Look good, feel good” is a common theme that consistently pops up in these Holiday Resolutions, often manifesting itself in athlesiure-themed gift lists. As you make your wish list, reflect back on the year and think about when you were most excited about your own fitness. Did you find a new class or studio that you couldn’t get enough of? Add a class package to your list! Have a favorite gym outfit or accessory that made you feel like a boss at the gym? Find a new top, bottom, or prop that will make you feel cute as you savor the burn of those extra squats, and put in on your list! Having an arsenal of trendy new workout gear and classes at your disposal will make it that much easier to get yourself to the gym come the New Year. On my list: On my list: Megaformer classes at SLT,  a new rec kit from cult-favorite Outdoor Voices, and Yoga Zeal’s marble print yoga mat.

For those of you traveling during the holidays, take this as an opportunity to mix up your workout routine! It’s the perfect time to create new fitness traditions. For instance, you can gather everyone to go run a 5K Turkey Trot or Jingle Jog, go on a family walk, or head to the backyard to get in a family workout. This is a great way to get in a workout while spending time with your loved ones. For some post-race fuel, heard the whole family to the kitchen where you can  introduce them to some of your favorite healthy post-gym snacks. I LIVE for the mornings when I make my family taste-test my different versions on delicious protein shakes, beautiful smoothie bowls, and crisp green juices, and I savor their pleasant surprise when I tell them that what they just ate covers a portion of their daily servings of fruits and veggies.

Setting yourself up to stay on track with your fitness and nutrition during the holidays will put you not one, but several, several steps ahead of the New Years Resolution-ers who will start hitting the gym on January 1. The holidays are a great time to focus on bettering yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally to make the new year your strongest yet. Make your list, check it twice, and get ready to make 2018 the year that you look and feel your best!

A few recipes to bring home for the holidays:

Post-Workout Smoothies: Great for when you want to mix-up your smoothie game
Cauliflower “turkey”: A new favorite of mine that I tried this year at a Vegans-Giving dinner!
-Smoothies, Stir-Fry, and Soups: Saladpower is juice chock-full of vitamins and low in sugar. It’s great for when you are on the go, and also when you want to sneak in some fruits and veggies into your meals

About the Author

Chelsea DeLay is a certified personal trainer specializing in core conditioning and marathon training, and is licensed in pre- and post-natal fitness. With a background in running, gymnastics, and pilates, Chelsea’s unique training approach targets lean muscle definition through a combination of functional strength training, postural alignment, and high intensity interval training. Follow her workout stories on Instagram at @chelsealoreen and find her training near the Brooklyn Bridge waterfront at Equinox- DUMBO.