With the holidays upon us, many people worry that all the hard work of getting fit and improving health will vanish by the time the New Year rolls in. At EFS Personal Training, we understand the temptations during this season. So we have created these five simple guidelines for controlling holiday temptations without ending the fun.
Maintaining a proper fitness routine is essential during the holidays. With all of the parties, events and obligations during the month, it can be easy to skip the gym. The most effective results come from keeping an eye on your health before, after and during the holidays. Changing up your routine makes it easy to overindulge, but staying with it will keep you focused when you see grandma’s special pie.
If you do find yourself pressed for time, try some simple adjustments to your routine to get more daily exercise. Parking farther away from stores when you are shopping, taking a short walk after a big meal, and using the stairs instead of the elevator can all add up and help maintain physical fitness during the holidays.
Never Party Hungry
An empty stomach can quickly become an excuse for overeating at the candy bowl. Before heading out to a holiday gathering, make sure to have a light, healthy snack packed with protein and fiber so you do not arrive hungry. If you feel full when you arrive, it will be much easier to pass on the cookie tray.
Drink Lots of Water
We often mistake thirst for hunger, or immediately go for high sugar or high calorie drinks. Both can lead to overindulgence at the dinner table, so make sure that you are drinking plenty of water all day long. Water will make you feel full, so you will not eat as many unhealthy foods.
Eat Slowly & Mindfully
The holiday platters make it all too simple to eat with your eyes and forget about what you are really feeling. So take it slow. Just like any other meal, listen to your body and remember that it takes 20 minutes for the stomach to tell the brain that it is full. Once the food on your plate is gone, let your body rest until you know if you are still hungry or not. Maintaining portion control, stacking up your plate with vegetables and sharing your goodies will help as well.
Choose Your Indulgence Carefully
This is a time to celebrate, not mope over foods you cannot eat. Refusing all the sweet treats you love will only make yourself feel worse. At the end of the day, living a healthy lifestyle means feeling good about yourself. Just think carefully about what you really want and why you want it. Is it a special treat that only comes once a year? If you decide to reward yourself with it, just make sure maintain portion control with the treat.
An ounce of prevention can help to keep off the pounds this holiday season when you follow these tips. By having a positive attitude and keeping up your regular routine, you can celebrate the holidays and still maintain great health and fitness.