12 Tips for Christmas Holiday Survival

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12 Tips for Christmas Holiday Survival

29th Nov 2013

Many people put off fitness during the holidays believing that they do not have the time to exercise and enjoy the holiday season. That’s why after New Year, so many gyms are full with new members and why so many fitness regimens fail. Staying fit and enjoying the holidays at the same time can be done together.

Here are 12 Tips to help you survive the Christmas Holidays:

  1. Eat Before You Go – you will be less tempted to overindulge if you have already eaten.
  2. Choose Treats Wisely – Pick something you only have during the holidays and not something that is available all the time.
  3. Don’t Skip Meals – While it might be tempting to skip meals thinking that will make up for the holiday treats, it is actually counterproductive.
  4. Control Your Drinking – Alcohol is an easy way to add the calories. Avoid mixed and fruity drinks. And avoid the Egg Nog, as it has at least 350 calories per serving.
  5. Exercise Whenever You Can – Exercise doesn’t mean just at the gym. Park a distance from the shops, use the stairs.
  6. Make It A Family Affair – Plan activities to do, such as walking the neighbourhood to view the festive lights.
  7. Don’t Forget Strength Training – Maintain your muscle mass by reducing your routine to basics.
  8. Don’t Set Unrealistic Exercise Goals – Aim to exercise 30 minutes a day, instead of an hour. It’s alright to divide it up into 10 minute intervals during the day.
  9. Don’t Attempt To Stick To An Unrealistic Diet During The Holidays – If you enjoy your favourite foods in small portions, you will feel more satisfied. Trying to stay away from certain foods may cause you to eat more than you intended.
  10. Drink Plenty Of Water – Water helps counter the dehydrating effects of travel or alcoholic beverages. Water will also help satiate your appetite as thirst is often mistaken for hunger.
  11. Spread Out Your Meals – Don’t eat everything at once. Eat dinner early and walk before having dessert.,/li>
  12. Make workouts a priority – Try early morning workouts.

Like everything else, people need to take the holidays in moderation. By following these simple tips, people will avoid the unwanted holiday bulge but still have a fun holiday season.