As we kick off the holiday season this week, we surveyed some of AST’s coaching staff to find out what the holidays mean to them, what their favorite parts are, and how they balance their fitness lives with their family and social ones.

Staff Member: Morgan

What are your favorite things about this time of year? Sweater weather, fireplaces, skiing and trying to beat my family in holiday board games.

What are you thankful for? Enjoying a happy and healthy life surrounded by interesting and supportive people.   

Do you have any fitness tips, motivators for staying on track over the Holidays? You can’t have every drink and dessert – have a plan, know where/when you are going to break the rules and stick to that. Also, don’t let your holiday obligations get in the way of your workouts – even if you do a quick bodyweight workout in your childhood bedroom.

What are your favorite Holiday recipes for the following:

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Not these Buckeyes… we’re more partial to Hawkeyes here anyway.

 

What fitness item(s) is on your wish list this year? A folding bike & a Fitbit

What are your resolutions for next year? To complete the RAW bike ride and work some down time into my schedule every week.

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 Staff Member: Jackie

What are your favorite things about this time of year? Cooking is one of my favorite ways to spend time, so I love having an excuse to get in the kitchen and share meals with friends and family 🙂          

What are you thankful for? Having the freedom and flexibility to actively pursue the things I’m most passionate about in life             

Do you have any fitness tips, motivators for staying on track over the Holidays? Book some sessions ahead of time and plan a couple of activities that you enjoy (a hike with some friends/family or a quick jog with your pup). Get those workouts built into your schedule and keep them 30 min or less so that you feel good and set a positive tone for the day without eating into your family time.

ALLLSO…don’t forget to hit us up for some body weight routines if you’re traveling!!

What are your favorite Holiday recipes for the following:

What fitness item is on your list this year? A Camelbak annnd maybe a better foam roller

What are your resolutions for next year? Read at least 1 book per month and build in at least 10 minutes each day to meditate

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 Staff Member: Christine

What are your favorite things about this time of year? The fall leaves and holiday lights – definitely NOT the cold.

What are you thankful for? My boys – they remind me what it is like to be carefree and enjoy the little things

Do you have any fitness tips, motivators for staying on track over the Holidays? Your day to day should remain the same.  Just because you have a holiday party coming up on Saturday doesn’t mean you can start sampling treats on Thursday without seeing your waistline take a hit.

What are your favorite Holiday recipes for the following:

  • Appetizer/Hors d’oeuvre: Deviled eggs – I don’t make them, I just eat them
  • Entrée: Ham in a slow cooker.  I don’t have a recipe, but the one my mother-in-law makes is to die for!
  • Side Dish: Maple bacon pecan butternut squash I have made it without the bacon and it is still delish!
  • Dessert: Berry cobbler. I have made this with blueberries, apples, peaches, raspberries.  It really does work with almost any “pie” fruit!

What fitness item is on your list this year? A King Kong gym bag

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What are your resolutions for next year? Focus more on me.  I spend so much time running around for the kids, my business, and life in general, that I don’t actually sit still and chill out.

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Staff Member: Scott

What are your favorite things about this time of year? I love wearing hoodies and sweat pants (who doesn’t?) I’m a family man and really enjoy spending time with my loved ones this time of year.

Also, most importantly: every Christmas we get a new Star Wars movie so that’s always something I look forward to.

What are you thankful for? I’m most thankful for all the loved ones in my life.

Do you have any fitness tips, motivators for staying on track over the Holidays? Keep cooking, this time of year slow cookers are a must. Coming home to a house that smells of whatever delicious foods you left in the slow cooker all day 😊

Also, don’t dwell on the foods you’ll be eating during the holidays, understand that it’s okay to have some of the holiday favorites. For me, the less I think about it the less I consume. The more pressure I put on myself I feel like the consumption turns into a feast (which I feel is all psychological).

Keep moving during the holidays and enjoy everything the season has to bring.

What are your favorite Holiday recipes for the following:

  •  Appetizer/Hors d’oeuvre: Pigs in a blanket – Just little smoked sausages wrapped in the Pillsbury crescent dough. This isn’t a healthy one by any means, but this is our family favorite ever holiday party we have.
  • Entrée: Paleo pulled pork with pineapple coleslaw
  • Side Dish: Roasted vegetable and potato side (Brussel sprouts, zucchini, carrots, butternut squash and sweet potatoes, bacon optional) This one is simple and has so much flavor! Just cut everything into cubes and make sure the ingredients are cut into the same size for even cooking. Mix them all into a big bowl with coconut oil (melted), salt pepper and an herb of choice (I like parsley or thyme). If you would like some more flavor and a way to add some savory and saltiness add some diced bacon or pancetta to the mix. Poor into a sprayed cooking pan and roast at 400 degrees for 25-25 minutes or until tender and crispy. 
  •  Dessert: If you want a brownie without unnecessary ingredients try these. They are relatively low carb and delicious.

What fitness item is on your list this year? More sweat pants that fit a 36 L

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What are your resolutions for next year? Start my PICP Level 2 certification and end my gut issues.

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 Staff Member: Dan

What are your favorite things about this time of year? Christmas lights! Crockpots! Snow Days! These things are my favorite. I also enjoy skiing, family time, good conversation, and long walks in the snow 😉  

What are you thankful for? I’m thankful for my health, my family and friends, and a great community of people!

 Do you have any fitness tips, motivators for staying on track over the Holidays?  MOVE! After your meal, head out for a walk around town.  Keep up your good healthy habits and course out your thanksgiving meal throughout the day. Drink LOTS of water!

What are your favorite Holiday recipes for the following:

  • Appetizer/Hors d’oeuvre: Pepperoni Bread
  • Entrée: Turkey, turkey, turkey
  • Side Dish: Cranberry Sauce
  • Dessert: Pumpkin Pie

What fitness item is on your list this year? The Plexus Wheel Trio ; I’m always adding new toys to help aid in recovery and overall well-being. Move better – live better!

What are your resolutions for next year? Sign up and run a 5K, 10K, and Half Marathon

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