Maintaining good health
Gaining weight during the holidays is inevitable for many of us. Excessive eating is part of the problem, but additional weight gain is also due to a lack of physical activity and exercise. Fitness regimes that have been practiced in the past months are often abandoned during the holidays. And more often than not, the guilt of overindulging sets in after celebrations are done and dusted.
Fitting in your regular routines won’t dampen your holiday mood. You can enjoy the festive season while staying fit at the same time. Here’s how you can avoid starting the year with guilt-free resolutions.
Exercise Comes First
One of the best ways to make sure you don’t miss a workout is to do it first thing in the morning. Getting that out of the way will ensure that the rest of the day can go on smoothly, especially if there are unforeseen plans that suddenly pop up. Dedicating the first 20 to 30 minutes of the day could also help you fight food cravings throughout the day.
Don’t Skip Meals
This a general rule of thumb that we abide by daily. It is tempting to skip certain meals, thinking that you’re creating more space in your tummy for those holiday upcoming holiday feasts. But, by doing so, you will end up with counterproductive results and could lead to unnecessary bingeing.
Make Better Choices
Cakes, cookies, and other yummy desserts are always part of the menu, which makes snacking so hard to avoid. You might find yourself munching just because there’s food around, and not because you’re genuinely hungry. If you are indeed in need of a snack, opt for real foods. Reach out for crudites, or nuts instead.
Find A Workout Buddy
Having a buddy to workout with is a great way to motivate yourself and others around you to stay active. Make it into a pseudo-social affair. Hiking, brisk walking, and jogging with a buddy or two can also be turned into a catch-up session. Even if you don’t work out together, checking in with someone else daily will make you think twice about skipping a session.
Modify your recipes
Homemade goods can be indulgent, but, modifying the recipes can help reduce calories. For instance, you can replace butter with applesauce, mashed banana, or pumpkin puree. You can also add flavour to your dishes with herbs and spices instead of butter. Replace cream cheese and sour cream with Greek yogurt to make guiltless dips for your chips.
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