The holidays are upon us…..you probably ate a little too much for Thanksgiving and have already gained a few pounds. During December it will only get harder with holiday parties and gifts, such as cookies, pies, and fruit cake, but not enough time to exercise. There are a lot of fun ways to enjoy your holidays while being mindful of your health.
Be realistic -
Don’t try to lose pounds during the holidays. Instead, try to maintain your current weight.
Plan time for exercise -
Exercise relieves stress, and we know how stressful the holidays can be with family, parties and shopping. Go to the mall early and take a walk while you wait for the stores to open. You already know you’re going to have to park far away from where you need to go, so gladly park in that last spot and briskly walk into the stores.
Don’t skip meals -
Always keep a healthy snack in your car rather than stopping for something that will probably not be healthy. Have meals planned, so that after a long day out, dinner will already be planned.
Think ahead -
When going to a holiday party, eat something healthy before leaving the house. Scan the buffets before choosing; you might find healthier choices at the end. Eat until you are satisfied, but not stuffed.
Watch those beverages -
Calories can add up quickly. Know what you are going to have before you leave the house and how to make a high calorie drink less caloric by changing a few ingredients.
Adapted from "Stall Talk", a publication of the University of Florida IFAS/Hillsborough County Extension Service