Keep these 10 practical tips in mind to stay fit this festive season.
With Christmas fast approaching, lots of people not only tend to ruin their usual diets, but they also gain a few extra kilograms… We thought it would be best to offer some useful tips to stay fit during the holiday season!
Why? Because most people tend to gain additional weight during the holiday season that starts even before Christmas and ends with the new year celebrations and excessive eating is the leading cause of the additional weight gain, but it is also due to a lack of physical activity and exercise. So, let’s see how we can prevent this –
- Eat before going somewhere
It would be best if you ate something before heading out to visits, trips or family dinners. Having heavy foods and lots of alcohol can reap havoc on our waistlines. So, have a light, healthy snack before attending to help void the unhealthy picking. This way, you will no longer be tempted to eat a lot or overindulge yourself since you have already eaten. Have a small salad, raw vegetable plate, or fruit.
- Don’t skip meals
Don’t skip meals, especially breakfast! Even though it can be tempting to skip certain meals, believing that it will make up for the treats you consumed the previous day, don’t do it because it will only lead to ineffective results.
- Move, move and keep on moving
Wherever you are this festive season – on holiday or at home – doesn’t mean that you can’t keep exercising! Try running, walking, swimming or hire a bicycle to tour around or, better yet, pop into a local yoga or pilates studio.
- Select the treats wisely
If you have been given lots of chocolates or treats lately, why not share them at work, or have guests over to offer a treat after a wine or meal. This way, calories are shared rather than you sitting and eating the entire stash by yourself. After all, sharing is calorie caring!
- Drink with moderation
Try drinking low calorie or low carb drinks. It is best to regulate your drinking since alcohol, coke or other juices will only add more calories to those you have already eaten! Lower calorie options are to mix soda water and lemon or mix sparkling water and lime. Cool a bottle of red wine with some ice as a healthier option.
- Laugh a lot while enjoying yourself
Laugh the days and nights away! Sound a bit weird? But did you know that by laughing 10 to 15 minutes a day, you can burn up to 40 calories? Where them jokes at?!
- Be realistic and stick to a routine
Regardless of your now busier than usual schedule, try to stick to your regular eating and exercise routine as closely as possible. But if you know it will be impossible to stick to your current exercise routine, sit down and set out more practical fitness objectives. It’s okay to do less exercise over the festive season, and by setting yourself more realistic goals, you’ll be far more likely to stick to them.
- Drink lots of water
Water can not only help quench your appetite, but it can also help flush out all of the nasty toxins from your body. By staying hydrated over the festive season, you’ll look and feel better, and you’ll be more likely to perform come exercise time, allowing you to burn more calories in the process.
- Make your family move
The key to getting results is to be consistent. Get your family in some exercise by creating new family traditions that involve moving your body. Not only makes everyone healthier, but it’s fun too. Exercising together is an enjoyable quality time that you can spend with your family.
- Rest too!
Rest, sleep and enjoy relaxation while you share this time with your family and friends this festive season. Resting and relaxation help you refuel for the next day and help you from over-eating to try and maintain energy levels.
There you ho ho ho. Wishing you all a Merry Christmas from Trojan!
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