The festive season is finally upon us. With that comes quality time with family and friends, many memorable moments and most likely a plethora of treats and taste sensations to go with it. By the end of it though, our belt buckles will have gone up a notch or two and our clothes will feel a lot smaller than before. It's no surprise, right? Even the most disciplined would find it hard to resist temptation during this time. The good news is that this year could be an exception. Here are a few tips to help you stay fit during the holidays.
The holidays are synonymous with lounging around, soaking up the sun and doing as little as possible. Whilst it is important to rest, spending hours on the couch is also not a good thing. Studies show that just 30 minutes of light exercise daily can reduce the risk of diabetes and heart disease. Take the stairs instead of the lift. Walk or cycle instead of driving your car. Enjoy the outdoors instead of watching TV all day. The point is: remain active.
In the heat of Summer, we tend to run the risk of dehydration. Carry a water bottle with you in times when you're on the move. Depending on your body weight and activity level, 6 - 8 glasses of water per day should be sufficient. Sometimes we confuse thirst with hunger. To prevent overeating, drink one glass of water before a meal. Stay hydrated.
Make it a team effort
Unless you have a gym buddy, working out could be a solitary activity. This probably explains why we skip the gym when we have family or friends over for the holidays. Make it fun. Include them in your exercise routine. Invite them along to a group training session. Try different, possibly more exciting, ways of keeping fit. Swim in the pool at the hotel you're staying in. Use the outdoors as your playground. You don't have to go through this period training alone.
It's all about balance
At the end of the day, it's all about balance. There's nothing wrong in enjoying some chocolate or dessert on Christmas day. It's when you eat too much of it that it becomes problematic. Be aware of portion sizes. Eat a few blocks of chocolate, instead of the whole slab. Have two scoops of ice-cream instead of the entire tub. Have one glass of wine instead of the bottle. If there are any leftovers from your Christmas day feast, give it to the needy.
These few tips are meant as a guide. If you fall off the wagon, don't fret. We are human after all. Just dust yourself off and get back on track the next day. Consistency is key. With that being said, Muscle Management would like to wish you and your loved ones a fantastic break. Safe travels. I'll see you in 2017.
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Until then, cheers!