In the festive season, we often feel our waistline widening with every day of advent? The Christmas nights out are fun filled, but we usually wake up feeling like a scene from the movie “The Hangover”.
Why write off the festive season as a month of party purgatory and make it a month of health heaven. We have to face the fact we are likely to indulge and why not, it is part of the holiday and festivities. We can however, take some steps to prevent that dreaded new dance move we perform each New Year - “the tight jeans jig”!
So, here are some tips to keep you slender and svelte at Santa time.
Tip 1 – Get to the gym before your big night out! If you hit the gym and do a really good workout with plenty of weights, your metabolism is raised and you continue to burn calories at an increased rate for hours after your workout. So, you can eat your turkey dinner, guilt free.
Tip 2 - Hit the dance floor! It doesn’t matter if you have to drag folk up there, but keep boogying until you drop. Dancing can burn approximately 400-600 calories per hour and is great for toning those legs!
Tip 3 – Drink a glass of water for every alcoholic drink! This will keep more hydrated and flush the alcohol through your system, which reduces hangover effects, including the overeating that day.
Tip 4 – Use our food plate guide! Avoid the contents of your plate hovering on your hips or sticking to your stomach. Turkey can actually be a very healthy dinner, if you avoid piling on the chipolatas and roast potatoes. Have dessert and enjoy it, just keep it to a fist sized portion.
Tip 5 – Damage Control! The day after the “big night out” or your Christmas dinner, have a day of good, wholesome, healthy eating. Plenty of fresh vegetables, fruit and at least 2 litres of water.
Tip 6 – Move away from the buffet! You are likely to eat more from a buffet if you are hungry when you get to it or if you stand beside it. Try having a small meal prior to going the party, thus avoiding eating as much. Put some food on a small plate and move away to another area to eat it. Get rid of your plate, so you don’t go for round two.
Tip 7 – Enjoy outdoors family time! Whatever you do, get outside and get moving. Spending time with your family is precious over the holidays and there are so many things you can do together. Long walks in the crisp fresh air, snowman building, sledging, taking the children out on their new bikes, hitting the sales and going into every shop. You can use up to 200 calories in a brisk 30 minute walk.
Research shows people can gain between 5 – 7lbs lbs over the festive season. This is a time for having fun and enjoying ourselves, so it is ok to overindulge on a night out or at Christmas dinner. It is what we do on the other days, that helps us avoid the sweat and tears to get those few pounds back off again.
Wishing everyone a very happy and healthy Christmas!
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