We’re moving at breakneck speed to Christmas and the New Year, and the holiday season has likely been a whirlwind of overindulgence, minimal exercise, and not enough sleep. Don’t make the mistake of assuming that the holidays are a time of inevitable weight gain – it doesn’t have to be that way. Even if you can’t commit to getting to the gym, here are our five tips for staying fit and healthy this holiday season.
Make a Point of Mindful Movement
It’s natural to want to curl up on the sofa when it’s cold outside, but you’ll be doing yourself a favor by getting up and moving. At best, you’ll prioritize your workouts just as you would any important meeting. If that’s not going to happen, make a point of walking – remember, every step counts. Even ten minutes of mindful movement has its benefits, including the mental boost you’ll get from the activity.
Eat Before You Go
While many of us avoid eating so we can enjoy a big meal later on, you’re not setting yourself up for success by walking into a party ravenous. Instead, eat a small, balanced meal before you go. It will help stabilize your blood sugar and keep you rational, so you don’t dive headfirst into the appetizer tray.
Don’t deny yourself the pleasures of holiday treats, but take a minute to survey the selection. Decide on what you’d really enjoy and splurge on that. Taking ownership of your plate will help you enjoy the moment now without regretting your choices later.
Remember to Hydrate
Don’t confuse hunger with thirst. Keep your water bottle handy and make a point of sipping regularly. It will make it easier to turn down the treats you don’t really want, and you’ll balance any alcohol you partake in as well.
Enjoy the Splurge
Treats and sweets are part of the holiday fun. Don’t deny yourself every goodie, and enjoy the ones you do indulge in. It’s a treat – savor it!