Keep fit and party wisely in the holidays
PEOPLE are always asking me for ideas for how they can stay on track with their healthy lifestyle during the holiday season.
The Christmas and new year period is a time for lots of parties, family gatherings and visitors.
All of this means lots of extra food and drink. This year though, why not try to enjoy the festivities without putting on any extra kilos?
Here are some tips to help you stay healthy:
Party wisely. You may have a stack of invites, but you don’t have to attend all of them.
Too many parties may sap your energy and leave you tired. Choose the best few and say no thanks to the rest.
Maintain your fitness through December and January.
Set yourself a goal to exercise at least four times a week and stick to that, no matter what.
Fill your plate with healthy, nutritious, low-kilojoule salads. This will help you fill up and reduce the amount you eat overall.
Make a deal with yourself. For every drink you have, you will walk a kilometre the following day.
Reduce the amount of kilojoules you drink by choosing tall, skinny glasses. A recent study has shown that people pour 20–30% more alcohol into wide, short tumblers.
Use a small plate. Research shows that the larger the plate, the more food is dished up and the more food is eaten.
Be sensible with your weight.
December is not the month to focus on weight loss. Concentrate instead on weight maintenance and you’ll enjoy the festive season without guilt.
Make sure you get enough sleep as this is the time your body rests and repairs itself. Research is showing the link between lack of sleep, weight gain, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and an increased risk of accidents.
Enjoy your favourite Christmas foods but don’t overdo it. Remember, foods such as chocolates, lollies, chips and dips are available all year, so there’s no excuse to overeat them now.
Don’t let one bad meal or overindulgent party derail your health for the rest of the week.
The key to maintaining good health is to get back on track from the very next meal. One meal isn’t enough to make your clothes tighter, whereas a whole week of bad eating can really have an impact.
I hope everyone has a safe, happy and healthy Christmas. Try to stay fit and healthy during the break.
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Leanne Shorter is a registered fitness trainer with Fitness Australia.
EAT SMART: Enjoy Christmas and new year without tipping the scales.