If there’s ever a time of year when many of us give up and give in – to the food, the drinks, the season as a whole – it’s December. After all, with a shiny new year just around the corner, we see this as a time for indulging, which all too often becomes overindulging. If fitness is something you put on hold this time of year, here are three tips for enjoying the holidays without going off the rails.
Get Up and Get Moving
Can’t make it the gym this week, and probably not next week either? You might consider scheduling in those workouts like you would any important appointment, but if it’s just not going to happen, make a point of walking instead. Moderate walking for thirty minutes burns about three hundred calories. Walk for half an hour every day, and you’re looking at 2100 calories for the whole week. It’s not huge, but it’s something! And you’ll find that you really benefit from the movement – fresh air is invigorating, and moving the body gives you energy.
Be Choosy About Partaking
There’s no need to abstain completely, but don’t eat something just because it’s there. Before diving in, consider all of your options and go for the treats you really, really want. Indulging with a bit of thought means fewer regrets and more enjoyment.
Don’t Forget Your Water
It’s easy to think you’re hungry when you’re actually just thirsty. By staying properly hydrated, you won’t confuse thirst for hunger, and that makes it easier to turn down treats you don’t really want but have a hard time resisting.
The holidays are a time for family and fun, but be very clear about the effects of overindulgence, stress, no exercise, and dehydration during this busy time of year. Be responsible with your health, and you’ll enjoy the season much more. From all of us here at Framework Personal Training, merry Christmas, and happy new year!