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Reduce Holiday Stress Trainer Style!

From comfort foods to movies and TV, our trainers dish on how they reduce holiday stress.

You always see our trainers smiling, and they love what they do. But they will be the first to admit that they can feel overloaded during the holidays, too! We asked a few of our trainers what they do to stay cheerful and enjoy the holiday season and beyond. Here are their insights on how to de-stress during the holidays.

Jess Dang
Jess Dang
Kelsie Floyd
Kelsie F.
Lori Perdue
Lori Perdue
Megan B.
Megan B.

What is your favorite way to relax at the end of the day on a holiday?

Stephanie: “A walk through the neighborhood to look at the lights and decorations, brisk or leisurely, is a great way to unwind. Then home to a hot chocolate or Irish Coffee, and relax in an empty house.”

Lori: “Going for a walk or hike, just getting out of the house a little while.”

Kelsie: “Baggy sweats on, hot cocoa in hand, sitting by the fire & watching a movie.”

Megan: “I watch TV and stretch.”

Jess: “Binge watch a show on Netflix, or take a yoga class!”


What is your favorite de-stressing holiday movie or TV show?

Jess: “Modern Family!”

Megan: “Miracle on 34th Street.”

Kelsie: “Elf! Still remains funny after 17 views…”

Lori: “Elf, of course… ‘Smiling is my favorite’.”


What is your favorite comfort food recipe?

Stephanie: “Quick, easy Turkish comfort food. Saute onion and garlic with oregano, thyme, a dash of ground cumin. Add a can of chickpeas, can of chopped tomatoes, and some dried apricots. Add enough veggie broth (or chicken) to make a stew-type consistency. Simmer until all is yummified. Sprinkle with chopped cilantro, add a dollop of plain greek yogurt and enjoy.”  

Megan: “Melt chocolate then dip pretzels halfway in the chocolate.”

Kelsie: “Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Cookies! Whole wheat flour, light brown sugar, rolled oats, egg, dark chocolate chips, P28 or PB2, and whey protein.”

Lori: “Use whole wheat macaroni in your macaroni and cheese. After making your roux, mix in a can of unsweetened pumpkin. Then whisk in your milk and cheese. You just added another serving of veggies to your meal!”


What is your favorite exercise to do if you are traveling with no access to a gym?

Megan: “Go out for a run!”

Jess: “Yoga or bodyweight exercises.”

Kelsie: “Full-body, bodyweight exercises. Especially dive bombers, spiderman crawls, and squat holds.”

Lori: “I was recently delayed over four hours at an airport. Hover squats are awesome! Ground your feet and lift your rear off the chair (keep knees behind toes!) for as long as possible. Try not to shake your knees too much so you don’t attract too much attention from airport security.” 

If you would like to learn more about training opportunities with these Personal Trainers, simply click their names under their pictures above!