As the holiday season is approaching, your schedule will most likely be filled with a variety of parties, family dinners, and lunches consisting of all sorts of enticing treats. It’s no surprise that most of us see our waistlines enlarge after all these events, as even the most strict and self-controlled people might find it hard to stick to their usual healthy eating and fitness routines. However, with these few tips, you might be able to stay in shape during the holidays;
- Stay on the move
Try to avoid sitting for prolonged periods of time, such as when watching football games or eating, apart from staying active. Sitting for long periods of time is dangerous to your health. Research shows that getting up, even for just five minutes every 30 to 60 minutes and performing light activity reduces the risk of diabetes and other heart disease risk factors.
- Have an exercise plan
The holidays can easily disrupt your exercise and weight-control intentions. Start each day with a game plan, just like a great coach going into a big game. Track your food intake and activity level to be aware of the number of calories you will be consuming. Also, stay hydrated as your brain can sometimes confuse thirst with hunger.
- Make lists, exercise early, and sleep.
To ease the potential negative impacts of the season, try to plan workouts in the morning so you don’t get distracted later in the day by parties or other holiday events. Also, it is important that you get plenty of rest and maintain lists to stay organized and stress-free.
- Be creative with your exercise
During the holidays, try to get a bit creative with exercise and go for fun ways that make physical activity a family affair; from exploring new group fitness classes to building physical activity into holiday traditions.
- There’s always time for a workout
Plan your workouts for the week from beforehand and note them in your schedule to make sure that they are a part of your day. Also, remember that some exercise is better than none. Rather than skipping the gym altogether, try making time for a quick workout.
- Indulge for a night, not the whole season
It’s easy to overeat when the season of parties and leftovers is upon us. Try to avoid allowing treats to become staples by not letting them linger in the house after the celebrations have ended.