Originally posted on http://www.fox34.com/story/40946000/5-ways-to-stay-fit-and-healthy-over-the-festive-season
The average weight of Americans increases by 0.4% during Christmas.
It’s true that a big part of the holidays is gathering the whole family around the table and enjoying a mouthwatering meal with those you love the most. However, there’s no need for excesses.
If you want this year to be different, keep reading. We have 5 tips that will definitely turn your typical holidays into healthy holidays!
We know what you’re thinking. Christmas is so stressful already and we want you to add a food plan on top of everything you have to do?!
We understand. But the truth is that taking some time to set limits and planning your ideal portions will be worth it after the holidays when you notice that your waistline didn’t go up a size.
2. Eat Before Meet Up with Your Family or Friends
This is a master tip you can use for any lunch or dinner out, whether it is during the holidays or not.
Most of us are lucky enough to celebrate Christmas with a huge table full of all kinds of delicious dishes and well, it can be hard to control yourself in such a setting.
If you eat something before heading out, like a light meal, a soup or a bowl of muesli, you won’t feel as hungry and it’ll be easier to eat the right amount of food later.
3. Drink Responsibly
Staying healthy during Chrismas isn’t just about what you eat, but also about what you drink.
During such a celebration, when everyone gets together and wants to have the best time among their loved ones, it’s easy to end up having one too many drinks.
So make sure to drink some water and juice to balance it out!
Whether you love exercising or not, there are some times of the year when you should definitely take time to be active and the holidays are definitely one of those times.
If you’re not a big fan of going to the gym or waking up early to go on a daily run, why not get creative and make it a bit more exciting?
The December half marathons, for instance, happen right before Christmas and they’re family-friendly, so you can take your partner, kids or even your parents, and inspire them to stay healthy too!
5. Stay Hydrated
Drinking plenty of water is the way to go during Christmas for several reasons. Not only does it fill you up, so you don’t eat as much as you normally would, but it keeps your cells going strong in order to create the energy you need, preventing you from resorting to food to get that energy.
Plus, if you’re drinking other types of beverages, it deters you from getting too drunk and from having that dreaded hangover the day after.
So don’t forget to have a big jug of water on the table and to keep refilling it.
Happy, Healthy Holidays!
As you can see, staying on track during the holidays is all about planning and adopting habits that you should have in your daily life anyways.
Having said that, you shouldn’t obsess so much over your health that you don’t even enjoy the magic of Christmas. The secret to having healthy holidays is in indulging on the 25th of December, and not during the entire month.
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