The average American gains 7-10 pounds during the holidays. With that in mind, remember these simple tips during yours to ensure you have a happy, healthy holiday season.
|1) SLEEP – Or Lack thereof…You’ve got parties to go to, family to visit, you’re not sleeping in your own bed – it wears you down. Avoid sleeping aids if you can. Instead try an old trick: naps. Even 20 minutes in the afternoon can make a huge difference in your energy level.
2) ALCOHOL – Calories, hangovers, and mood swings generally do not make for merriment. At the same time, eggnog can make all the Bing Crosby music easier to deal with. What can I say? Drink in moderation. And alternate each drink with a glass of water.
3) NUTRITION – Eat Slower (it takes up to 20 min for your brain to realize you’re full), use less sugars, less fat and ad more whole grains and fiber. Also consider sharing bites of different desserts instead of taking one of each.
4) EXERCISE – Each morning, before anything else, start your day with a workout. Take a quick walk or jog, do a few push-ups, sit-ups and dips, or take a stretch cord and do a few simple exercises. The important thing is to DO SOMETHING. Don’t take a month off just because its the holidays.