Top 5 | Tips to Stay Holiday Healthy
Top 5 | Tips to Stay Holiday Healthy
The holidays are here! Christmas is a time for celebration and indulgence, but as much as we love this time of the year, many of us find it hard to continue with our normal routine. As important as it is to maintain our healthy lifestyles, you have to be realistic about your approach to the holidays. Nimble HQ has 5 simple and achievable tips to keep you healthy and happy these holidays!
1. STAY ACTIVE
The holidays are the best time to try new social workouts with your girlfriends or family. If it’s summer where you are, take up the chance to go on an adventurous hike or beach walk, if its winter, try a new class at the gym.
Schedule your workouts and make a commitment to yourself to do them. We tend to make excuses to not exercise during the holiday season. So if you don’t have the time or motivation to go to the gym try doing quick home workouts or at the very least a 30 minute walk daily.
Tip: The best time to exercise is first thing in the morning as it keeps you energetic and health conscious throughout the day
2. KEEP HYDRATED
Water satiates your appetite as well as keeps you hydrated. In many cases your body can mistake thirst for hunger (especially when you aren’t conscious of your intake of water) so take a water bottle with you when you go out.
Big meals are a usual part of the holidays and having lots of water after a big day of eating can alleviate bloating and aid digestion. We also tend to drink more alcohol than usual which dehydrates the body, so be sure to drink responsibly and have one glass of water after every alcoholic beverage.
3. GET ENOUGH SLEEP
Late nights are inevitable during the holiday season but be conscious to not have too many as a lack of sleep can lead to poor food choices and cancelled workout plans. If you’re going to be having a big night out make sure your body has enough time to recover completely before your next late night.
4. BE FOOD CONSCIOUS
Food: the staple to every great holiday. Let’s not repeat last year’s mistake and eat half your weight in Christmas ham.
Avoid skipping meals because you’ll only eat more or binge later in the day. It’s handy to take healthy snacks out with you to keep you sated and give you an alternative to unhealthy appetisers or make healthy versions of your favourite meals / treats to bring along and share with everyone.
Try to have a glass of water before meals so that you already feel a little full, this gets the digestion process going and will prevent you from overeating. It’s also a good idea to eat something small before going out (either a salad or a healthy snack) as it keeps you from overindulging. Limit your portions and go for the lighter options while you are out at restaurants. When you are filling your own plate fill half of it with salad and vegetables – they fill you up and keep you from eating unhealthy food options.
Eat slowly as it takes around 20 minutes for your brain to recognise that your stomach is full. This will also stop you from overeating as you will get fuller quicker.
5. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE 80/20 RULE
The rule goes that you choose to eat healthy foods 80 per cent of the time, which then allows you to indulge in your favourite treats 20 per cent of the time. With fewer restrictions it makes it easier to stick to a healthy eating plan. For example: choose drinks or dessert - avoid having both on a night out.
The holidays are about celebration and indulgence, too much sugar will make you gain weight, but on the other hand, depriving yourself is not healthy either. Remember, the most important part of the holiday season is that you enjoy spending time with friends and family.