Gaining weight is a common drawback of the holiday season, but it doesn’t have to be this way. We can adopt several healthy habits to help keep our bodies lean during this festive season. Here are our top five:
One of the most important things for a fit body is to stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of water helps to keep our metabolism working properly and flushes out unwanted toxins. It also helps to keep us feeling full, so we’re less likely to overeat. Drink plenty of water daily, and your body will thank you.
Stay Mindful, Maintain Balance
Try to eat mindfully this holiday season. With all the holiday goodies, it’s tempting to let your indulgent side run wild. Instead of suppressing your sweet tooth (it won’t work), don’t go overboard on sweets and treats. Indulge yourself in moderation, and offset sugary snacks with healthier choices like fruits and vegetables.
Get Enough Protein
One of the best ways to stay lean during the holidays is to ensure you’re getting enough protein. That means eating turkey, chicken, fish, and other protein rich foods. It also means avoiding processed foods and sugary drinks.
The holidays are a great time to relax and enjoy yourself, but it’s essential to keep up with your healthy habits even while you’re on vacation. One of the best ways to do this is to make sure you keep moving, even if it’s just for a short time. Walking or stretching can help you stay active and avoid weight gain.
Manage Your Stress
The holidays can be a stressful time. Family tensions, financial pressures, and much socializing can lead to unhealthy habits, such as overeating, drinking, and not getting enough sleep. Find a moment to take a breath and relax. Make sure not to throw your sleeping schedule for a loop because a disrupted sleep cycle may be difficult to correct.
With these simple tips in mind, you will enter the New Year with a healthy and lean body.