Posted on December 18 2017
From now until New Years, your schedule is likely to be filled with family parties, traveling, and other festive activities where there will be tempting treats. It should not be surprising to see your waistline get a little larger during this time. Even the most disciplined people can find it somewhat tough to stick to their health and fitness routines.
This year CAN BE different.
To help keep you on track, we have done research and spoke with nutrition professionals for some advice. Here are the 5 tips that we came up with for staying fit during the holiday season.
In addition to staying active, try to avoid sitting for long periods of time, such as watching a holiday movie or eating. Keep in mind that too much sitting can be damaging to your health. Research shows that getting up for just 5 minutes every half hour to perform just a light activity (walking around the house or doing a simple exercise) can reduce the chances of having diabetes or other heart risk factors.
Make lists, exercise early, and sleep
The holiday season may be your favorite time of the year, but it is important to understand that it can potentially be detrimental to your health. To alleviate potential negative impacts of the season, make sure that you are working out in the morning so that you do not get distracted later in the day by parties, events, or another holiday hoopla. Also, be sure that you get plenty of rest and make lists so that you are organized and stress-free.
The holidays may be hectic, but it is important to avoid getting into the “all or nothing” mindset when it comes to healthy eating or exercising. In reality, there will always be more than one way to live a healthy lifestyle. It is time to get creative with exercise and find fun ways to make physical activity enjoyable for everyone. Explore attending a group fitness class to create a new holiday tradition. Also, you can plan on having a family walk around the neighborhood before opening presents or giving a family member a special gift for accomplishing a fitness goal.
Indulge for a night
It is easy to overindulge in the season of parties and leftovers. Avoid allowing these treats to become staples in your home by not letting them linger after all of the celebration has ended. When the party is over, get rid of the junk food.
Make a plan and hydrate
The holidays can be a really difficult time in terms of getting your absolute best exercise and weight-control intentions. Start each day with a game plan. Track what food you are planning on eating and activity level. Doing so allows you to be conscious of the amount of calories that are in certain foods. Even if you decide to eat food with more calories, eat smaller portions and make adjustments to remain true to your daily calorie goals. Also, STAY HYDRATED. Your brain can sometimes confuse thirst with hydration. A large glass of water before or during a meal can help lessen the amount of food that you consume. Be sure that you drink six to eight glasses of water per day and be sure to have a big glass before a meal to be filled with lots of calories.
Remember, the holiday season is so unique and special. Savor the unforgettable moments and embrace the loving times with friends and family. Even with these moments, be sure that you don’t allow poor health choices to become a new habit. Be sure that even while indulging in joyous holiday activities that you still have your fitness goals in mind. Always strive towards living a healthy lifestyle!