How to Avoid Fitness Pitfalls on New Year’s Eve



New Year’s Eve is upon us, and we all know what that means. Plenty of parties, food, get-togethers, and celebrating late into the night!

While ringing in the New Year holiday can be a blast, it can also be quite a train wreck for our fitness goals if we’re not careful!

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We’ve also compiled an awesome guide to help you stay on track through all the New Year’s Eve partying and still enjoy the holiday!

You may want to take a photo of these tips or write them down on your smartphone. They’ll help you survive the New Years without any damage!

1. Eat Healthy Meals Before Celebrating

Eat some healthy meals before you go to any parties or get-togethers. Showing up to a party feeling starved is a recipe for disaster! Not too mention, starving yourself of healthy meals can make you gain weight!

Depending on what you have in the fridge at home, or if you have some time to run to the grocery store, try and stick with these food options:

  • Complex Carbs
  • Lean Meats
  • Fruits
  • Raw Vegetables.

Complex carbs like rice, wheat bread, oatmeal, and beans are great sources of fuel. These foods take longer for your body to break down, preventing spikes in blood sugar, and also provide you with good longer-lasting energy!

Lean meats are low in fat and pack a good amount of protein and other minerals. If you have the option, stick with lean meats like turkey, skinless chicken breast, and pork products like tenderloin! Protein is great for helping build lean muscle and also helps keep you full.

Fruits and veggies are great sources of vitamins, minerals, and fiber.  Fiber helps you feel full and supports a healthy digestive system! Add some fruits and veggies into the mix. Keep in mind that raw veggies are very low in calorie, too. So, feel free to get full on them!

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2. Do A Home Workout


Start your day off by exercising. Your local gyms will most likely either be closed or on some funky holiday hours, but that’s no excuse to skip a workout!

If you can get to the gym, great! If your gym is closed, you can still get a great training session in at home!

Not sure where to start? Aim to keep your workout about 20-30 minutes at a high intensity! You can do this by keeping rest times in between each exercise round to a minimum! This will help keep your body in the calorie-burning zone! Here’s a list of exercises you can try out:

  • Burpees
  • Jumping Jacks
  • Incline Push Ups (using a couch)
  • Lunges
  • Jump Squats
  • Bicycle Crunches
  • Chair Dips

Feel free to mix and match these exercises. One idea would be to pick a couple of them, and do as many reps as you can for 30 seconds, rest for 30 seconds, and then move on to the next movement, repeating the rest times in between.

If you’re not working up a sweat, you may want to kick your intensity up a notch! Increase the amount of time you are exercising and decrease the time in between exercises. You can also try this awesome workout circuit. All you’ll need is a basketball!

3. The Buddy System

You read that right! The “buddy system” isn’t some outdated thing we used to do as kids at the swimming pool. It’s a great way to stay accountable while lingering around the food table.

If you’re going to any New Year’s Eve events with friends who are also trying to combat weight gain and get lean, even better! Stay by their side and you can help each other out when smells of delicious, yet fattening, foods fill the room -especially when everyone else starts piling up heaping platefuls!

If the people you are going with don’t have the same fitness goals as you, that’s ok, there’s still strength in numbers.

Let whoever you’re going with know that you’re trying to stay true to your fitness goals and that you may be tempted to try and sneak some foods… against your own will! They’ll be able to help you stay accountable.

4. Prepare A Meal or Two


This tip requires a little more work and dedication on your part, but it also has a higher payout. Meal prepping may be especially beneficial for those that are planning on competing in figure and bikini competitions and are in the middle of a strict eating plan.

While preparing healthy meals to bring to your New Years parties is an effective way to avoid packing on calories, it may be slightly difficult depending on if you’ll have access to a refrigerator and microwave.

If you’re planning on bringing a prepared meal to the get-together, stick with the food choices mentioned in the previous section.

If you don’t feel like preparing an actual meal, you can always prepare some bite-sized snacks like vegetables.

5. Don’t Drink Your Calories!

Bubbly and sparkling drinks are a staple of most New Year’s parties. So are sodas.

I think you’d be surprised how quickly calories from beverages can add up!

One can of soda is about 140 calories, and so is one cup of sparkling cider. Depending on your goals, age and level of fitness, you should be consuming anywhere from 1,200 to 2,400 calories a day to reach your fitness goals.

See why a couple cans of soda and glasses on New Year’s Eve can throw you off track?

If you enjoy sodas, instead of reaching for a regular soda, try diet. Diet sodas are calorie free, or very low in calories, and don’t contain any sugar.

If you’re going to drink some sparkling cider, just exercise some self-control and stick to one glass.

For those that plan on drinking alcohol, keep in mind there are quite a bit of calories per serving, and don’t neglect the effects alcohol can have on your food choices!

Drink water when possible. You’ll not only stay hydrated, but drinking water can help you eat less by helping you distinguish thirst from hunger!

6. Don’t Be Afraid of Party Food


You certainly don’t need to be afraid of the food at parties. Sure, the get-together you’re going to may have a ton of high-calorie foods. But, you don’t need to avoid buffet or dinner table like the plague! New Year’s Eve is a time of celebration. You can still enjoy the holiday, just exercise self-control.

The greatest two words to remember are portion control.

Whether the party you’re going to has a buffet table or the meal is served to you, there are a couple things you can do to eat smart!

  • Fill up on veggies, meat, and salad first, if available. But, remember to go easy on dressings and dips. Those tend to be packed with calories.
  • If you’re hungry for some dessert, you can enjoy a small portion. Just limit yourself to one serving!
  • If your dinner is served to you, don’t fret! Go for the healthier food options first, and don’t feel like you have to finish everything on your plate, especially if it is loaded with fatty, greasy foods!
  • If someone says something, just have a little excuse already planned in your head to say. For example, you can complement the food, but follow up with saying that you’re stuffed!

Take time to savor every bite, and eat your food slowly! Eating slow can help your body feel full quicker. This means you won’t be eating as many calories, which is great if your healthy food options are limited!

Tying It All Together

Have fun, and focus on the bigger picture. By starting your day off exercising and refueling with healthy meals, you’re already one step closer to New Year’s Eve success.

Food is definitely a big element of celebrating, but it is one of many, and it shouldn’t be the main focus!

Enjoy this time of year, celebrate with your family and friends. When it’s time to eat, make smart choices that you won’t regret at the stroke of midnight, and stay strong! You can make it through the night and still enjoy the festivities!


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Kirsten Jackson

Kirsten Jackson

Writer and expert

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