7 Tips to Stay Fit During the Christmas Season
We all know how hard it is to stay on track of your fitness goals over the Christmas holidays with the weather getting colder, the days getting shorter and countless Christmas parties and social events to attend! But with a little bit of planning – staying in shape over the festive season is a realistic and achievable goal!
1. Don’t Skip Meals
Try eat a light, healthy meal a few hours before any holiday event. We often have the mentality of “saving” our calories so we can splurge on that special meal, but it can often backfire. If you go most of the day without eating, you will be more likely to overeat and choose unhealthy options. A great filling meal that will hold you over until your event should include both protein and fibre to get the feeling of fullness.
2. Be Active
You should still perform your fitness routine whenever possible and if you can’t do that, simply walk more, park your car some distance away from the shop or just use the stairs!
3. Drink A Lot Of Water
This can satisfy your appetite as well as keep you hydrated at all times. And it will also prevent a possible hangover if you overdo it with alcohol.
4. Pay Attention
It is easy to overeat at Christmas events since there is usually a variety of foods. Eat slowly and listen to your hunger cues. If you are not really hungry, avoid second helpings.
5. Set Realistic Goals
You should set realistic exercise objectives. Aim for at least half an hour per day and you will be very happy when you achieve that. If you plan one hour or more and do not achieve it, you will only end up disappointed.
6. Avoid “too much” alcohol
Alcohol is packed with useless calories and and tend to cause you to over eat with things you would no normally eat. Dilute wine and spirits with ice and mineral water, order light beer, or try a water/sparkling water between regular drinks.
And have something to eat BEFORE you drink to slow the absorption of alcohol into your system.
7. Last but not least .. Enjoy Yourself!!
Also make sure to set realistic diet plans! Trying to restrain yourself totally from some foods will only make you eat more. Feel free to enjoy the treats that you really love, but in small portions.