The holidays are the easiest time to put on some unwanted weight. We tend to get so caught up in the season with the food and family, that we forget to watch what we eat. However, we have found some interesting ways to keep off that undesirable weight. Continue reading for ways to stay fit during the holiday season.
Reminder: It's One Day
Although it is known as the holiday season, the holidays are a few days here and there. It is not 2 months worth of holidays or continuous feasting. Most people consume holiday goodies while performing various rituals such as shopping, baking, and decorating. Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years should be the only days where you let yourself loose and consume a few extra calories. Of course, who can resist left over pumpkin pie? You can have a some additional sweets, but be cautious not to overdue it. One day is not going to affect your overall fitness goals throughout the year, but letting bad eating become a habit will affect you drastically. Remembering that the holiday is one day will keep you from eating things that you know are unhealthy on a normal day.
For most people, exercising is hard to fit in on a normal day - let alone the holidays. However, it is especially important during the holidays. If you have a regular fitness routine that you do, it is best to try to stick with it during the holidays as well. Of course it is understandable that events and things will get in the way. If your schedule needs rearranging, you should plan out each week and fit in the required gym time. The most important forms of exercise that you should be including is some cardio and strength training. If you are short on time, you should do at least 20 minutes of cardio and 20 minutes of strength training. The best time to exercise is early in the morning before you get consumed with all of your other daily activities. Exercise helps your body to get rid of those extra calories that you are consuming during these special days and events.
Healthy Eating Habits
When you are thinking of holiday recipes to include into your family's meal, try to make something a little more on the healthy side. Be the person who brings the fruit platter or a healthy side dish. Other people may be glad that you did! You can also make some healthy dessert options. You should stay on top of your water intake each day as well. Sometimes water can fill you up even more than food. This will give you a little more will-power when it is time for dessert. On a normal day, you should always drink a large glass of water before every meal. This should be strictly enforced during the holidays. Drinking water will limit the amount of food you consume. You can also keep a food journal to track the incoming calories and glasses of water that you are having. If you can see what you are eating, you will be more aware of your health.