Christmas is a season of celebrations. Many people get married during this time of the year. This is also a period of vacation and with so much going on, one can easily lose track of healthy eating and workouts to stay fit.
With so much going on around this time of the year, celebrations taking place and Christmas e-cards and gifts being shared, many of us not only tend to digress from our usual diets but also gain a few extra pounds.
Causes Of Rapid Weight Gain During Festive Season
Excessive eating and drinking is the main cause of Christmas weight gain, especially during the main days of the festive season.
Moreover, due to a lack of healthy physical activity and exercise people who are celebrating Christmas and new year can seriously damage their physical health.
Many people tend to set aside their fitness routine during the holidays season because they are unable to fit training into their partying schedule. Later, they feel guilty after the holidays.
Consequently, it is seen that most of the gyms and fitness centers are packed with new members after the Christmas and holidays season.
One should bear in mind that Christmas can still be enjoyed during the New Year break even if health and fitness are taken care of.
How To Stay Fit Over Christmas
If you’re not sure how to stay fit over Christmas, then check out these 12 tips. They are the healthy activities necessary to come out of holiday season fit and active:
1. Eat before going out:
If you are puzzled on how to stay healthy over Christmas, eat before going out. It’s a good idea to eat something before heading out to parties, trips or family dinners. By doing so, you won’t be tempted to eat a lot or overindulge yourself in over-eating because you have already eaten once.
2. Select Your Treats:
Make sure to be selective with what you are eating and don’t overeat. It’s a good idea to choose something that you can only enjoy exclusively during the holiday season (like mince pies or Christmas pudding) and not something that is readily available all year round.
3. Don’t skip meals:
Always eat your breakfast. Although it is tempting, don’t skip meals to make up for the treats you consumed the day before, otherwise, the results will be counter-productive.
On the day of Christmas, eat a healthy Christmas breakfast no matter how much you are in the haste of carrying out Christmas activities and taking care of guests. Fill your table with healthy Christmas party snacks and enjoy.
4. Drink in Moderation:
It is good to regulate your drinking because alcohol or sugar-rich beverages like coca-cola will only add more calories to the ones you already have eaten and it is scientifically proven that calories in liquid sugars confuse the brain and they end up as fats in the body.
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5. Be Active:
One should still follow the Fitness Routine. No matter how it gets possible during the festive season.
And if you can’t do that, simply take walks more often. Leave the car at home and cover some distance for daily shopping with a walk. Use stairs and avoid elevators.
6. Get Out of The House:
Don’t just sit and home, make the holidays a family affair and plan the outdoor activities. Involve yourself. Go for movies with the family. Take the kids and wife to parks and family places. This time of year is for enjoyment and get together not for resting and watching TV.
7. Don’t Skip Your Strength Workouts:
Do continue to perform your strength training in order to maintain the muscles that you have worked so hard to gain. You might be tempted to avoid that but remember gaining them is an uphill battle and losing them is far easier than gaining.
8. Set Realistic Goals:
Set some realistic exercise objectives. Aim for at least half an hour per day workout and you will be very happy with the outcome. If you plan one hour or more and don’t achieve it, you will only end up disappointed in yourself.
9. Enjoy Yourself:
Make sure to set realistic diet plans. Trying to restrain yourself totally from some foods will only make you want to eat more. Feel free to enjoy the treats that you really love, but in a controlled manner.
10. Drink A Lot of Water:
Drinking water can control your appetite as well as keep you hydrated at all times. And it will also prevent a possible hangover if you overdo with alcohol.
11. Eat Less and More Often:
Divide your meals evenly throughout the day, and don’t eat everything at once. Instead of having two enormous meals, have five small ones. Eat your dinner early in the evening and have a short walk before going to bed.
12. Prioritize Your Workouts:
A good thing is that it is not necessary for the workouts to be long for effectiveness. Simple pushups and tabata training will take less than 10 minutes to get over a day of workout.
Get your workout over and done with while everyone else is still asleep. This way you will also avoid remarks like “Oh, come on! It’s Christmas…”
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