Tips for a Healthy (Stay Slim), Cheerful Holiday Season
The Holidays are a time for good cheer, but hang on, it can also be the season for bulging waistlines.
More than 33% of US adults are obese which putting them at risk for heart disease, stroke, Type 2 diabetes, and certain cancers, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
A recent study suggests that gaining even a few extra pounds increases our cancer risk by up to 50%.
The Holidays can be challenging for those trying to maintain a healthy diet and weight level and they are also a good time to focus on family health and wellness.
It’s all about balance, so make fitness fun and family oriented to achieve long-lasting results.
What better time than during the holidays to talk to your family about health and fitness. Health is the greatest gift one can give the family.
So, enjoy the Holiday food bounty, libations and celebrations but do not forget to include walks and in-home workouts.
Below are some Holiday tips from a fitness expert I read today to focus on with the family, as follow:
- Plan ahead for big meals. Before you go to a Holiday party, eat a little something to fill you up so you do not over indulge in party food. It’s also a good idea to drink a glass of hot tea beforehand to ease your digestive system.
- Move away from the table. When you are at the party, try not to stand next to the buffet table.
- Some exercise is better than none. Fit 10 mins of exercise a day during the hectic season even if super busy or traveling.
- Work out with your family. Encourage your family to eat well but schedule exercise breaks too as you gather together.
- Do not skip meals. Even though you may have eaten a huge dinner with your family, do not skip breakfast because you will slow down your metabolism. Eat a lighter snack, but make sure you stay on track for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
- Stretch away stress. To ease the tension of Holiday shopping and preparation take a few mins each morning and evening to stretch out your muscles.
- Drink a lot of pure water. Water will stop you from mindlessly eating and keep off the extra pounds. Also, when flying, drink a glass of water for each hour in the air to keep your body hydrated.
- Limit alcohol. Drink a glass of water for each alcoholic beverage you consume during the holiday festivities. This helps eliminate the unwanted effects of over imbibing.
- Work out at home. In-home workouts are the best to do during the Holiday season. Every little bit counts, so focus on what you cando, not what you cannot do.
- Do not be too self-critical. Do not beat yourself up over an over indulgent meal or skipped workout because of the unusual hustle and bustle of the Holidays.
Remember, this Holiday, eat and enjoy every moment without guilt.
Eat healthy, Be healthy, Live lively
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