There are plenty of reasons why you could become lax on your holiday marathon between holidays. Not only is it cold outside in most places but the amount of school/work/family parities just got squared. So that being said, all of your vigilance or ignorance to pay off or cost you. Here are 5 tips to stay in shape and will make you feel on top of it all including the best present you could give yourself…healthy habits.
Tip # 1- Don’t skip any meals before the big one- if there is one guarantee to overeat it would be to compensate for the ones that you lost out on. Moral: the uno card skip has nothing to do with breakfast. Don’t miss breakfast! Balanced meals with actually be excellent at helping you stay in shape.
Tip # 2- SCHEDULE a walk or get enough exercise to break a sweat. Good intentions are like crying babies, they should be carried out – Mark Twain. The holidays will get crazy and so only if it’s planned will you actually go on a walk. Exercise will keep you appetite in check as well.
Tip # 3- Portions are everything. This is where the “my eyes are bigger than my stomach” clique comes into the picture. Scan down the entire spread so that you know what to plan space ahead for. Half a spoonful of everything will definitely fill up a plate. And think about the plates that you are using. Traditionally the nice flatware is going to be twice the size of a normal plate! Visualize what you want on your plate before you start dishing yourself up.
Tip # 4- Hydrate as much as possible. Plain old fashion water will do it. Juices are where all the calories are at and enough alcohol will make you eat more than you normally would. A tip is 2 cups of water for every plate of food will give you a great balance. If you are having multiple beverages pour you water first do you don’t forget about it. Water will also help with filling you up so that you don’t eat too much food.
Tip # 5- Eat until you are satisfied. You aren’t a turkey so don’t stuff yourself! There are plenty of us that feel that we have to at least finish what is on our plate. False. No one will miss the food. If we start out small we can measure it out so as to get the right amount to feel satisfied.
Staying in shape during the holidays may feel overwhelming as a whole but as you break it up into small action items then you’ll begin to understand how its done. These are just a few tips but definitely find the ones that work best for you.
Happy Holidays from Round House Racing!