Keep fit and party wisely in the hol­i­days

Isis Town and Country - - Life - By LEANNE SHORTER

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.

Please keep your com­ments and ques­tions com­ing through my con­tact page at­sis­tit­

Leanne Shorter is a regis­tered fit­ness trainer with Fit­ness Aus­tralia.


EAT SMART: En­joy Christ­mas and new year with­out tip­ping the scales.

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