December 15, 2015

How To Stay Fit During the Christmas Period

During the Christmas season, the last thing we want to worry about is putting on a few pounds, but with all the temptations of Christmas dinners, chocolate and edible gifts, it is easy enough to do. Luckily, it is just as easy to stay fit in the Christmas season!
When we think of all the rich, delicious and calorie ridden foods of Christmas, it is easy enough to think our best option is to diet and avoid eating until the main event. However, this is only makes us hungrier, and that makes it harder to choose healthy foods later. Eating a few light, small meals during the day, even when there are larger meals ahead, is extremely important.

If we aren’t too hungry, we can choose our holiday meal to be reasonable and balanced. A meal should always have varied portions of each course, and if possible, fruits and vegetables. If it is unlikely our outings will have healthy meals, most people welcome an extra dish for a Christmas dinner, and it is easy enough to take a light, healthy meal along with us. Our friends and family may even be glad for the addition!

It is important to listen to our hunger, as this prevents us from eating when we are full and overeating when our bodies don’t even want more food, but it is also necessary to be aware of calories that may sneak up on us. These are most notably the calories contained in alcoholic beverages. Alternating alcoholic beverages and water is a great way to limit our calorie intake and stay hydrated.

After Christmas festivities, it can be easy enough to start eating leftovers a little too fast, which is one of the easiest ways to gain weight around Christmas. We should keep leftovers slightly inaccessible, either by putting them away or simply limiting our intake.

Still, even if we wish to be conscientious this season, sometimes we have to accept that this is a special season, with special foods and experiences, and sometimes we will overeat. Whether it is the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season or we want to do something special and run a holiday themed race, we can stay active around the holidays, and this is often enough to counteract the extra Christmas calories.

Overall, we must listen to our bodies, take care of ourselves, and enjoy the season!



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