The holiday season can be intimidating for those of us who love to eat, drink, and be merry while still fitting into our current wardrobe size. We love it, and we dread it, all at the same time.
Embrace both your food-loving southern lifestyle and your inner health-guru with these five tips. They’ll allow you to sail through the holidays, eating (mostly) what you want without packing on extra weight!
- Control temptations. Keeping caloric temptations to a minimum this season is one way to prevent overeating, says the Cleveland Clinic. If you have a few favorite pleasures lurking in your desk drawers or apartment pantry, get rid of them during the holidays. Keep your immediate work and living space a “feast-free zone.” Only splurge when you’re at official holiday events.
- One-a-day. When December hits, and the office is laden with candy and snacks, or you’re playing Secret Santa on a bi-weekly basis, adopt the “One-a-Day” mantra. You’re allowed one sweet delicacy per day. Period.
- Fill the tank first. WebMD suggests never arriving to a holiday event hungry, and we concur. Eat a low-calorie, high-fiber meal or snack before you leave your house. Once you arrive, you’ll be able to try a little of this and a little of that without overdoing it.
- Stay away from the food. Once you’ve cycled the food table, head across the room. Food tables are often where people congregate, eating more than they usually would. By steering yourself out of sight of the temptations (see #1), Active.com reminds us it won’t have the same compelling pull, and you won’t be unconsciously sucked into the the mindless eating cycle.
- Exercise. Just because you can’t keep your normal gym routine doesn’t mean you can’t exercise. Burning calories is what matters. According to Health.com, jumping rope for 15 minutes burns 190 calories. The important thing is to get up and get moving, whether you workout in your TriBridge community’s fitness center or use these 40-minute or less workouts at home.
Do you have any tips you’d like to share with your neighbors to help avoid putting on extra weight during the holidays? Do you have a favorite trick for burning calories in the TriBridge fitness center? Leave a comment below!