Staying Fit and Healthy During the Holidays
Holiday food is scary, right? No way! The consensus is to be terrified of weight gain around the holidays, but did you know that the average weight gain around the holidays is only 1 pound? However, the concern isn’t really that 1 pound, it’s whether or not that 1 pound sticks around once the holidays are over and shows itself again at Thanksgiving dinner the following year. But that doesn’t mean you have to avoid your favorite holiday treats!
If you’re worried about keeping yourself from overdoing it or just maintaining healthy habits this holiday season, here are a few tips:
<h2> Eat Only What You Love
It’s easy to pile your plate high full of all the goodies you can carry, but one way to avoid overeating is to only put it on your plate if you really love it. Avoiding things that you like “just okay” will not only keep you from indulging too much, but it’ll help you enjoy your meal even more!
This goes double for those “holiday only” treats that some of us don’t even like. There’s no rule that says you have to eat pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving or eggnog at Christmas. If you don’t want it, don’t eat it!
<h2> Leave Guilt at the Door
While it’s important to keep your health in mind, don’t guilt yourself into thinking you can’t enjoy yourself! Feeling guilty after eating certain foods can encourage more unhealthy thoughts and behaviors, so give yourself permission to enjoy everything that the holidays have to offer! Remember, it’s only one day. You can always get back on track when the holidays are over.
<h2> Balance Booze with Water
Avoiding alcohol can be hard during a time of merriment and celebration, but alternating between a drink and still or sparkling water is a great way to keep the calories down. Plus you’ll avoid the hangover, which is always the worst part of any holiday!
<h2> Go Year Round with Holiday Favorites
One of the biggest draws to holiday treats is that we only get them once or twice a year, and it encourages us to go for broke on mom’s pumpkin pie. Include your favorite holiday dishes at the 4th of July, your birthday, or any given Saturday so you aren’t depriving yourself!
<h2> Turn Holiday Shopping into Cardio
Shopping for gifts is a great way to get in your daily workout. Finding the perfect gifts for family and friends can be a daunting task, so why not make it twice as productive by turning your shopping into exercise? Park further back in the parking lot at the mall to increase your steps, and you can even use your shopping bags as free weights!
<h2> Don’t Forget the Veggies!
Be sure to include plenty of side dishes that include veggies, and swapping out the carb heavy side dishes such as mashed potatoes for blended cauliflower is a great option too. Keep in mind, it is still possible to overdo it on veggies on dip or vegetable based side dishes, so be sure to keep an eye on your portions!
<h2> Stay Hydrated
It’s a lot easier to overeat when you’re thirsty, so be sure to drink your water! If you’re unsure of how much water you need on the daily, a good rule of thumb is to drink half of your body weight in ounces. So if you weigh 150 pounds, you should aim to drink 75 ounces of water. If you’re looking for a little detox, add some lemon or ginger!
<h2> Get Enough Sleep
All that party hopping and holiday shopping can result in sleep deprivation, but getting six to nine hours of sleep helps regulate hormones and prevent daily fatigue. Plus, you don’t want to fall asleep in your turkey!
<h2> Stay Relaxed
The holidays should be enjoyable, but can get stressful fast! Make sure you’re taking care of your body and your mind so that you can soak up all the happiness and love that the holidays provide. Plus when you’re more relaxed, you’re more productive! Be sure you’re staying active, keeping yourself healthy, and enjoying the most wonderful time of the year.
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