The holiday season is just beginning and sadly some surveys tell us that people gain anywhere from 5 - 10 lbs.between November and January. To add more misery to the gain is that it can take up to 5 months to lose it. But it doesn't have to be that way!
shares five Festively Fit Tips to prevent those unwanted pounds from spoiling the merriest time of the year.
1) Drink water.
Choose to drink water over anything else. Cold or hot herbal teas are a good option, too. Drink 2 cups of water when you first wake up in the morning and when you feel hungry outside of your regular mealtime/regular snacks.
Festively Fit Tip: When you arrive at a holiday party, drink 2 cups of water or herbal tea before you start eating.
2) Move more, sit less.
If you have the choice of standing versus sitting, stand. If you have the choice of walking versus driving, walk. If you have the choice of moving about versus standing, move about. Daily physical activity and structured exercise, including cardio, strength and flexibility exercises, are a part of a healthy daily routine.
Festively Fit Tip: When you attend a holiday party or an event, find a way to avoid sitting for the majority of the time (move about the room, start a dance party, etc.).
3) Something positive is better than nothing.
Get away from an all-or-nothing mindset. If you don’t have time for a full workout, do 10 minutes of exercise and you’ll reap some positive benefits. If you forgot to add any fruits or vegetables to your meals during the day, add an apple at night. Apply this principle where it makes sense.
Festively Fit Tip: Focus on nutritious foods during the holidays rather than on what you shouldn’t eat. Each time you eat at home or at a holiday party, add things to your plate that are good for you, such as vegetables, fruit, nuts or other healthy proteins or grains.
4) Take control. Focus. Reflect.
Ask yourself: Is this behavior good for me? Be mindful. Choose wisely. Follow-through.
Festively Fit Tip: When you are at a party and about to fill your plate with all the goodies from the buffet, pause and ask yourself: Is it time to eat now? What have I already eaten today? What is available here that is considered healthy?
5) Half is enough.
Eat only half of the less-nutritious foods on your plate. If you take a cookie, for example, eat half of it and pack the other half for another day.
Festively Fit Tip: At a holiday party or event, serve yourself only half of what is on the serving platter. For example, if you want a brownie, cut it in two on the serving platter and only serve yourself half (and don’t go back for seconds).
As in most things, it comes down to choices. Do we really want to sabotage our good efforts over the past year?
Merry Fitmas Everyone!!!