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How to Stay on Track During the Holidays in Altoona

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As the holidays approach, it’s easy to start thinking: “How am I going to follow my nutrition plan? What about a frequent fitness plan?”

At Farrell’s, we equip you with the training to stay on track. Staying focused on nutrition and exercise will keep you accountable to your long-term goals.

You can start building healthy habits right away by trying a free week of fitness classes at FXB Altoona. Here are several other ideas to help you make it through the upcoming season while still going after your goals.

4 Helpful Tips to Navigate the Holiday Season

1. Set Your Alarm Clock

Tackle your workout right away in the morning if your schedule allows it. The last few months of the year are jam-packed, but it’s better to cross your workout off your to-do list—instead of telling yourself you’ll make it up tomorrow.

2. Plan Your Meals

It’s easier to plan your meals a few days ahead of time, instead of making unhealthy decisions when you’re hungry and without a dinner plan. Our Simple Meal Plan makes grocery shopping and meal planning straightforward. Contact us to receive your copy.

If you’re eating at a restaurant during the weekend, adjust your meals the other days to keep your nutrition proportioned.

Related: 6 Reasons Why Farrell’s Nutrition Works

Sample Weekday Meal Plan

Here’s an example of an everyday meal plan you can customize:

  • Breakfast: healthy protein shake
  • Lunch: nutrient-rich salad with fresh veggies and protein
  • Dinner: chicken with a salad, acorn squash or sweet potato

Here’s an easy-to-follow brined chicken recipe from AllSpice Culinarium in Des Moines.

Chicken recipe with brining spice

You only need two ingredients:

  1. One whole chicken
  2. All Spice Brining Mix (half packet)

Directions:

  1. Boil 3 cups of water in a small saucepan. Sprinkle in a half packet of the brining mix and boil until the crystals dissolve.
  2. While you are waiting for the brine, rinse the chicken under cold water. Drop the chicken in a large stockpot with cold water and ice until the chicken is fully covered. Pour brine into the stockpot and stir to consistently distribute.
  3. Cover with a lid and refrigerate overnight.
  4. The following day, rinse the chicken before cooking it.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  6. Put the chicken in a roasting pan, breast side up and brush olive oil or butter over the chicken. (Optional: Stuff with celery and onion.)
  7. Bake uncovered for 75 minutes, or until internal temperature reaches 180 degrees. Toward the end of baking, broil your chicken if you want it browned.
  8. Remove from oven and let the chicken rest for 15-20 minutes.

You can also follow this recipe to make your Thanksgiving turkey. If cooking turkey, use the complete packet of brining mix.

3. Take a Cozy Break

Get your favorite blanket, find a comfy spot and take a nap. A 30-minute nap is reinvigorating and helps you stay healthy during the busy holiday season.

If you need help falling asleep, check out the Calm app. You’ll rest calmly and wake to a pleasant chorus of birds, not an irritating phone alarm.

4. Enjoy the Season

Remember to find joy in the upcoming busy season.

  • Schedule a supper with friends
  • Decrease your everyday stress by spending time on Sundays meal planning
  • Relax when you need it

Build Healthy Habits Today with FXB

Now is the time to begin making healthy habits to carry you through the holidays. At Farrell’s Altoona, we’ll show you how to manage nutrition, exercise and more. Get started now by claiming your free week of classes with us.

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