Staying fit and healthy can be challenging to most people, especially during the holidays. It’s hard enough to stick to your daily workout, but it’s much harder to stay healthy when you can see entire tables filled with tasty food. In case you don’t know, fitness trainers and coaches experience the same dilemma. In this article, you will find great tips on how to stay fit and healthy even during the holiday season.
1. Drink plenty of water.
Everybody knows the importance of drinking lots of water, but how many people actually drink enough? Usually when you feel hungry, you’re just thirsty or dehydrated. Before you eat, drink a glass of water. It helps fill your stomach so you don’t end up overeating. And yes, water aids digestion as well.
2. Move frequently.
Most people travel during the holidays. It’s easy to fall on a “lazy mode” when you feel tired due to lack of sleep. Instead of finding excuses to avoid exercise, try other ways of keeping your body active. Walk around the place you’re visiting. Use the stairs instead of taking the elevator. Do something fun that will require movement like playing sports or biking in the park.
3. Set a workout schedule and stick to it.
Everyone deserves to take a rest and relax. If you’re taking a long holiday vacation, prepare your schedule beforehand. You don’t have to force yourself to do an intense workout. Think of something that you can do indoors such as yoga or planking. Set a daily schedule for 15 to 30 minutes, just enough to keep your muscles stretched and toned.
4. Eat before going to a party.
Fill your stomach with a fiber-rich meal before going to a party. This will keep you from feeling hungry right away as well as prevent you from devouring every delicious food you see at the event.
5. Don’t eat everything you see on the table.
Holiday is usually the time most people can showcase their specialty. Gathering with family and friends could make you want to try out what everyone else has prepared. Depriving yourself isn’t healthy but you don’t have to eat five servings of everything. Just take a bite or two and share the rest with others.
6. Eat salad or fruit.
Replace one regular meal with something light yet filling. Eat fruit slices to fill your body with fiber and avoid getting bloated. You can also have a large bowl of salad before eating anything else.
7. Enjoy your time with family and friends.
Holidays should be about spending time with loved ones. Instead of just sitting around and eating food, talk with your friends or family. Some people think it’s not nice to talk during mealtime. Well, talking while having dinner is actually an excellent way of getting to know what’s going on in another person’s life. It’s also a good way of keeping yourself from eating too much.
It takes up to twenty minutes before the stomach recognizes it’s already full. So by talking, you are giving your stomach enough time to digest your food before you end up overeating. Just make sure you’re not talking while your mouth is full.
8. Bring some healthy snacks.
Instead of loading your cart with carb-loaded treats, fill it with healthy alternatives like vegetables and nuts. Eat any of these in between regular meal hours. It can be tempting to snack on what is available, especially when you are spending the holidays in a hotel. However, you’re well aware that doing that will only fill you up with calories.
So, there you have it – a quick list of things fitness trainers and coaches do in order to maintain a healthy and fit body during the holidays. As you have read, these things are pretty easy to follow, as long as you have enough self-control. You don’t even have to go to the gym or restrain yourself from any food, although those aren’t really bad ideas.
Now, you can start preparing for the next holiday party. If you’re able to apply the tips you’ve learned and keep your body fit and healthy, you’ll no longer feel conflicted about the holidays – and that’s definitely a good thing.
Claire Penny works in marketing team at Brillopak, a premium quality, tray packer and palletising machine manufactures in United Kingdom. In a former life, Claire worked as a content specialist and she loves writing, reading & cooking.