For many people the last few weeks of the year are basically a food fest. Researchers have shown that majority of people gain weight from Thanksgiving to the end of the New Years. Instead of munching on your favorite Christmas treats and sweets, it’s important to create the habit of being fit this holiday season. Here are some ways for you to get started:
- Be Active
It’s tempting to stay indoors and get away from the freezing cold. But the best way to be fit for this holiday is to get your body moving. Start by parking your car far away from the groceries and walk toward the entrance. If you plan to stay indoors for most of this holiday season, it’s best to get off the couch and decorate your Christmas tree. You can also burn more calories by going outside and play in the snow. Challenge your friends to an epic snowball fight!
- Eat Before Heading Out
When visiting your family, friends, or neighbors, it’s important to eat before heading out. Eating before the visit should allow you to manage how much you eat for dinner. You can have a little snack to bring with you during the visit. You should no longer get the feeling to overindulge yourself. It’s all about keeping your portions small so that you don’t gain excess calories.
- Be Selective in Your Treats
Be sure to select your treats the right way. Avoid treats with high calories and sugar content. Swap out sugary cupcakes and cookies with gluten-free sweets. You can also eat more fruit based snacks such as strawberry or blueberry cake. Cut down on the alcohol and sugary drinks. Taking these small changes will leave a big impact in how much calories you consumed. You will thank yourself later.
- Set Realistic Goals
When making plans to be stay fit, it’s important to set realistic and measurable goals. Take a notebook and write down your goals for how you plan to eat your meals throughout the day. Remember, you want to take measurable goals, so you want to take small steps each day in changing your eating habits. For instance, you may want to avoid eating an unhealthy desert after dinner. You can replace the unhealthy desert with a smoothie shake or whole wheat snack.
- Enjoy Yourself
Celebrating the holiday season is always refraining yourself from the foods you enjoy. To successfully stay fit during this holiday season, you want to set a realistic plan. Trying to avoid food will make you want to crave for more food. Feel free to enjoy the treats that you really love. The hardest part is getting started on your fitness goals. Begin by jotting down on a notebook about how you will stay fit and active. Have your friends pitch in with your fitness goals so that you can feel more motivated to eat healthier.