Did you know the average person gains 7-12 pounds during the holiday season? Use these tips to help avoid holiday temptation and stay on track with your weight loss goals.
Top Holiday Health Tips
Maintain your fitness levels by going on regular walks and enjoying holiday activities such as ice skating, visiting a tree farm, or attending a parade.
Alcoholic beverages can lower your inhibitions, leading to poor food choices. Plus, they’re often calorie-packed and filled with excess sugar.
Staying hydrated can help you avoid overeating by making you feel full faster and alleviating cravings. Remember that you should drink at least half of your body weight in ounces per day for optimal hydration.
Focus on People, Not Food
Have a health mindset and make sure that the objective of your holiday festivities is to enjoy the company of your loved ones, rather than seeing it an opportunity to eat.
Share Your Goals
Let your friends and family know about your intentions to live healthy. This way, you can count on the support of others during your journey. You can even find a friend who is also looking to practice healthy habits and check-in with each other to stay accountable.
Indulge in Moderation
If you decide to go off-track and indulge, do so with mindfulness. Be sure to choose something that you consider “worthwhile” and limit your portion to a small amount.
Keep a Schedule
Stay accountable with your health and fitness goals by maintaining consistency in your daily routine.
5 Holiday Activities To Get You Moving
Visit a Pumpkin Patch or Tree Farm
Pumpkin patches and tree farms are classic holiday destinations the whole family can enjoy. Walking around and scouring the terrain for the “perfect” pumpkin or tree to take home is bound to be exhaustive, calorie-burning work. The fun doesn’t stop there, though, because once you get home, it is prime time to decorate your findings, keeping you on your feet even longer, burning more calories, and contributing to your weight loss success.
Find joy in slipping and sliding across the rink with friends or family, especially at whimsical seasonal outdoor skating rinks. Though the invention of the air conditioner has allowed indoor facilities to function year-round, ice-skating is a fun way to get into the groove of the winter season. Plus, ice skating (depending on your height and weight) can burn around 250 calories in 30 minutes — more if you decide to become a “skating pro” and skate laps around your peers.
Give the gift of giving this holiday season by involving yourself with a nonprofit of your choice. Especially around this time of year, nonprofit organizations welcome volunteers and donators alike to perform various tasks and collect copious amounts of canned goods, clothing, donations, and more. Take a few hours out of your week and devote yourself to a greater good; not only will you be active and on your feet, but you’ll also be giving back to the community, too. There are few greater feelings than knowing you’ve done something to improve someone else’s life.
Attend a Holiday Festival or Parade
Light parades, and games and music, oh my! Holiday festivals and parades are specifically designed to get you in a positive holiday spirit, making the required walking around well worth it. If it’s a really good parade, you might even find yourself burning more calories from jumping up and down with excitement.
Join a Caroling Group
Caroling can be considered a cliché holiday event, but it is fun nonetheless. Grab a group of your friends and form a caroling group in which you plan to sing your favorite holiday tunes or songs – you have the power to make it your own. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to be a good singer to go caroling, just dress up and have fun with it. That’s what life is all about! The opportunity doesn’t present itself often, so take advantage of it when the time does come. Fun times are difficult to regret, so get out there and make the best of your holiday season.
Looking for additional tips to help you stay on track this winter? Download our printable Holiday Health Guide to get started.