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‘Tis the season to indulge, but let’s not go overboard, shall we? You can savor all the joy of Christmas without making your health and waistline suffer. Here are my top 12 tips for staying healthy during the festive season. Best of all they’re not hard.
1. Quick 10-Minute Workout
When your schedule is packed with festive commitments, finding time for a full workout can be challenging. However, a brief 10-minute home workout can keep you active and boost your energy. Simple exercises like jumping jacks, squats, or a quick jog in place can do wonders for your mood and metabolism.
How about challenging yourself over the holiday period to see how long you can hold a plank by the time the holidays are over. Each day add a few more seconds. It’s a great all over workout for your muscles.
2. Smart Snacking
Tempting holiday treats are everywhere, making it easy to indulge excessively. Instead of denying yourself entirely, have a plan. Keep healthier snacks available, such as fresh fruit, nuts, or yogurt. These options can satisfy your cravings without adding extra calories.
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Drink a glass of water. Often this is enough to ward off a snack attack and your skin and digestion will thank you for it.
3. Walk Off Those Calories
While online shopping is convenient, don’t forget the benefits of a good old-fashioned shopping trip. A one-hour walk through the stores not only helps you burn calories but also allows you to enjoy the festive atmosphere and get some fresh air.
Our local mall is big and after several circuits upstairs and down my watch is bleeping at me that I’ve surpassed my steps goal for the day. Tip: make sure to wear comfy footware.
4. Hydration Station
Staying hydrated is crucial during the holiday season. Sometimes, our bodies confuse thirst with hunger, leading to unnecessary snacking. Sip water throughout the day to keep your appetite in check and your energy levels up.
If you’ve been feeling fatigued that can also be a sign that you’re dehydrated. Remove the obstacles by keeping a bottle or carafe and glass handy so you can sip when you need to.
5. Bust a Move on the Dance Floor
If hitting the gym isn’t possible, don’t underestimate the power of dancing. At your Christmas party, let loose and dance for a couple of hours. It’s not just fun; it’s also a fantastic calorie-burning activity.
No work party? Easy, have an at home dance party. Every now and then choose a song and dance your heart out. It will boost your mood while your burning calories.
6. Make Savvy Swaps – My top tip to staying healthy during the festive season
Small dietary changes can yield big results. Swap sugary cocktails for drinks with lower-calorie mixers, like soda water with a splash of fresh lime juice.
These substitutions can help you enjoy your favorite beverages without the extra calories.
While on the subject of drinks, there are some very good low alcohol versions of most drinks available now. It’s nice to think you can enjoy a drink without the negative side affects.
Food swaps are also an easy thing to do. Leave the deep fried for fresh, choose the hummus over the creamy dip. Load up on vegetables and have less meat and potatoes. Don’t skip dessert, just have a smaller portion.
Food swaps cheat sheet
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7. Breakfast Matters
Start your day with a substantial breakfast to kickstart your metabolism and help you control your cravings. Opt for a balanced meal with protein, fiber, and healthy fats, such as scrambled eggs with vegetables or oatmeal topped with nuts and berries.
This really sets you up for the day. If you’re intermittent fasting from your last meal at night then you’ll just delay when you first eat this meal.
8. Post-Dinner Stroll
After your Christmas feast, resist the urge to lounge immediately. Suggest a family walk to aid digestion and burn off some of those extra calories. It’s a lovely way to bond and stay active together.
If it’s too hot, such as where I live, or too wet and cold then devise a game that get’s you and your house guests moving. Examples would be a balloon game, freeze dance or limbo.
9. Choose Wisely at the Buffet
Buffets can be a challenge, with countless tempting dishes. Prioritize vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains. Be mindful of portion sizes; take small servings to prevent overindulging.
A good strategy is to use a smaller plate.
10 Game On
While watching holiday movies is a beloved tradition, consider incorporating active games into your festivities.
Activities like charades or dancing games on gaming consoles are not only entertaining but also calorie-burning fun for the whole family.
11. Avoid Burnout
Amidst the holiday rush, remember to take care of yourself. Avoid overcommitting and make an effort to schedule moments of relaxation.
It’s easy to get swept up in the crazy busyness of this time, so carving out time for self-care is essential.
Even a few minutes of deep breathing or meditation can help you recharge. These simple practices can provide a sense of calm amidst the chaos, allowing you to regain focus and energy. Consider it your mini oasis of tranquility during the festive whirlwind.
Although you can deep breath anywhere, if you can, find a calm cool place to sit for a few minutes. Your bedroom, a park. I’ll let you in on a small secret. Often when I feel overwhelmed I go and sit in the garage in my car. It’s comfortable, cool and quite. And know one thinks to look for me there. Ssshhh! Keep that one to yourself.
12. Moderate Indulgence
Deprivation often backfires, leading to binge-eating. Allow yourself to enjoy your favorite holiday treats in moderation. Savor each bite, and you’ll find that a little indulgence can be quite satisfying without going overboard.
With these insights, you can navigate the holiday season while keeping your health and wellness in mind. Here’s to a joyful and healthy Christmas.