The holidays represent such a special time of year. There are countless traditions we indulge in, gifts to give and endless holiday feasts. For so many, the holidays represent a magical time of year, and it is not until later in January that we realize we have put on a few inches or pounds. Even the most disciplined of athletes and fitness gurus admit to letting lose during the holidays then dealing with a little extra body weight in January.
It is worth remembering that during the holidays it is ok to eat the delicious foods and drinks that carry special meaning and tradition. They key, though, with these foods is to avoid overindulgence.
One of the best ways to stay fit during the holidays is to move around as much as possible. There are more ways and opportunities to do this than you can dream of. Some of our favorites include parking your car further away from the store, requiring more walking. Rather than sitting and watching the whole movie or sports game, stand up and watch the game, or move around during commercial breaks. Doctors have indicated that too much sitting can lead to heart disease or diabetes. With that, doctors recommend moving at least 5 minutes for every hour that you are sitting.
It seems pointless to some, but creating a daily list of tasks to accomplish will push you to do more and stay active throughout the day while you work to accomplish everything you can. As part of your schedule each day, exercise and fitness coaches recommend placing your exercise at the beginning of your day so you are not distracted later in the day with errands, parties or the rush of the holidays. They also recommend getting a full night of sleep.
Fitness and lifestyle coaches also recommend staying hydrated each day, meaning you should drink 6-8 glasses of water each day. Their tip for drinking enough water is to have a glass prior to every meal or snack, which should help you easily reach that goal. They also recommend keeping track of what you eat during the day which will keep in your mind what you have eaten, which will prevent you from overeating and overindulging throughout the day.
Finally, it is important to retain an open mind remember to expect the unexpected every day. It is always important to be prepared for the worst case scenario, have a plan B and ready to follow it. A friend of mine owns a Kyäni business and confesses that part of her holiday routine involves preparing a go-to bag of healthy snacks that require no refrigeration or preparation. In situations of excessive rush, travel or simply needing a healthy snack, the bag has been a success every year.
Eating healthy and remaining physically active during the holidays somehow gets harder to do with each passing holiday, but with the above insights, it should be much easier for you this holiday season and each thereafter.