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There is no doubt that the holiday season calls for celebration, indulgence and relaxation, but when December comes around, we tend to come up with endless excuses to postpone our exercise and diet routines and replace them with baked goods and lazy weekends indoors. While a little decadence is unavoidable during the festive season, there is no reason to reverse all of your hard work and healthy habits in a matter of days. That being said, here are a few tips to help you stay fit, healthy and true to your routine during this December:
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While it is admirable to aim for weight loss, you don’t have to make it a priority during the festive season. So, instead of stressing over losing weight, the advisable thing is to just try to maintain it during the holidays and enjoy this wonderful time with your friends and family. Another important thing is not to skip meals in order to leave room for the party later or to avoid overeating, as this can often cause quite the contrary effect. Eat balanced throughout the day, focus on the size of portions and servings and continue this practice of moderation at the dinner party.
While it is perfectly fine to enjoy yourself during the holiday season, overdoing it can often reverse all of the efforts you have put into your health and fitness goals. Indulge with moderation and only opt for the food you truly enjoy, especially if the holiday parties you are attending are supplied with various tempting foods. In order to minimize your hunger and control your desire for sweets, start with the healthiest meals available, and then move on to the other options. This way, by the time you get to the dessert, your cravings may not be as strong and you will, in turn, be much less likely to overindulge.
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Winter is the time when we tend to eat too much without thinking about the consequences, which is why it is especially important to be mindful of our diet during this time of year. Apart from creating a healthy Christmas menu in advance, think about constructing a meal plan for the entire holiday season, in order to stay on track and be prepared if something comes up. Creating a detailed meal plan on your own, however, can be quite hard, so why not opt for a service that gets healthy food delivered to you every day. Even though December is a summer month, this option is great for Australians as well, because the holiday season still tempts us and makes us overindulge in unhealthy meal options.
Hectic holiday schedules can make it extremely difficult to go to the gym every morning. But instead of focusing on workouts you don’t have time for, try to find other methods of staying active as much as you can. If you go to the mall to do some Christmas shopping, take the stairs as much as possible. If you want to see the Christmas decorations in your neighbourhood, go for a walk instead of a drive. Whatever you do, try to use every opportunity available to stay active this holiday season.
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Along with controlling portion sizes of your food, you should moderate your alcohol intake as well. Not only does excessive drinking result in unpleasant mornings, but alcohol itself is packed with unnecessary calories you aren’t even aware you are taking in. For a healthier and safer festive season, it is recommended to consume no more than two drinks a day and it is advised to opt for lower calorie beverages , such as light beer, wine and spirits mixed with water and club soda, as well as more natural flavours, such as citrus fruit.
Although we are all aware of the benefits of proper hydration, we often tend to neglect the importance of it, especially in this period. However, apart from detoxifying your body and keeping your immune system strong during the summer/winter months, frequent water intake will also keep you from overeating during the holidays and prevent any unwanted weight gain.
December is the time that is meant to be spent creating special memories with your family, so remember not to be too strict and hard on yourself if you give in from time to time. What’s done is done, and when your motto is “everything in moderation”, a slip or two won’t destroy your overall endeavour.