From now until New Year’s Day, your schedule will likely be filled with family obligations, traveling and festive outings with all sorts of tempting treats. It’s no surprise that many of us see our waistlines expand during the holiday season.
Even the most disciplined people can find it difficult to stick to their health and fitness routines. There are their secrets to staying fit during the season of overindulgence.
SEVEN TIPS FOR STAYING FIT THROUGH THE HOLIDAYS
- Walk more. When safety is not an issue, try to walk further than normal when going about your normal routine. Burning a few more calories by walking is one of the easiest ways to take off that extra weight. Just twenty minutes of brisk walking can burn over 100-150 calories. Try to avoid sitting for prolonged periods of time, such as when watching football games or eating.
- Work out early, make lists and stay rested. The holiday season is one of the favorite times of the year, but recognize that it has the potential to be hard on my health. To alleviate the potential negative impacts of the season, make sure workouts are in the morning so you don’t get distracted later in the day by parties, events or other holiday events. Its also recommended to get plenty of rest and maintaining lists to stay organized and stress-free.
- Stay hydrated. Water is going to naturally help you avoid eating as much if you drink a large glass 20-30 minutes prior to having a large dinner. Plus, water will keep you hydrated and help you burn fat more efficiently. Some people confuse hunger with dehydration.
- Be prepared. Have an emergency bag of healthy food that requires no refrigeration and can be readily eaten as is. A healthy umbrella of sorts. While the rain may indeed fall on the just and the unjust, it does not fall on the prepared.
- Eat slowly. Eat very slowly and enjoy the flavors. Try to chew your food at least 30-40 times per mouthful. It works and will allow the “hungry- full” response from your brain to tell you are satisfied. It takes the brain about 20 minutes to let you know you are full. Stay away from buffet tables at parties and use smaller plates when selecting foods.
- Portion control. Portion control is especially important, so survey the entire spread before putting anything on your plate. Consider choosing only items that you traditionally have on Thanksgiving but not at other times. Another strategy is to skip going back for seconds. You’ll have more leftovers for the day after and more room for pie after dinner.
- Watch liquid calories. Keep in mind that sodas and alcohol will add to your calorie consumption during the holidays. Limit yourself to a glass of wine with the meal, and drink water before and after. This just lets you enjoy more holiday delicacies.
With so many holiday events revolving around food and cocktails, it’s easy to add on the extra pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. But that doesn’t have to be the rule.
Remember to relax a little. Enjoy holiday traditions and embrace special times with friends and family members. And rather than trying to lose weight, just do your best to maintain your fitness level and make it to New Year’s Day without any new pounds showing up on the scale.
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