Keeping a consistently healthy lifestyle is in my opinion (for what it’s worth!) the best way to ensure long lasting benefits. It also makes it easier when you backslide, because it does happen, to get back on track.
There are some tips you can follow to help you stay healthy throughout the holidays, without sacrificing the fun of life!
1.Keep to your regular schedule as much as possible. If you workout and have social things planned, try to get to your workout beforehand. Try to go to bed and wake up at the same time as you normally do, even if that means leaving some social things you have going on a little earlier.
2.Take a short holiday from your goals if it helps. If you’ve been trying to lose or gain weight, and need a break, try to stay in weight maintenance period. It helps around holidays and birthday! It also allows you to put less pressure on yourself to keep to an unattainable regimen. If you’re someone who is super motivated and can overlook the majority of temptations, then keep going!
3.Record your food and exercise. Even though it can get tiresome, it will help keep you accountable. You don’t have to get down to in-depth details, but taking a couple of minutes to make your list can help you stay on a healthier course. A tool like myfitnesspal.com can help.
4.Plan some active engagements with your friends and family. Being social is a key component to healthy living. But social time can also be active time! Depending on the weather you have in your area, you can go skating, skiing, walking, swimming, dancing – anything that keeps you all moving!
5.Engage in active living. What does this mean? If you can’t squeeze in exercise during your busiest times, get moving whenever you can. For example, mow the lawn, garden, shovel the snow, take the stairs, and walk when you have the time.
6.Eat healthily during the day. If you have dinner plans in the evening, make sure you don’t eat unhealthy meals or sneak treats during the day.
7.Take cues from your stomach. Your stomach knows when you’re full. If you’ve eaten your normal portion but still feel like eating, wait 20 minutes and see if you’re still hungry. If you are, then eat, if you’re not, don’t overindulge because the food is there.
8.Sleep. Not getting enough sleep will increase your appetite. When you’re sleep deprived, your body produces more of the hormone that increases your desire to eat. As mentioned in the first tip, try to go to bed and get up at the same time you normally do when you can.
These are some of my tips; what are some of yours?