Dr. P. Phillips Hospital recently issued the following announcement.
During the holidays, your fitness routine is going to be tested. Your TV will be filled with images of roasts, ham, mashed potatoes and pies at every commercial break. At work, your colleagues will show up with platters of holiday pastries and homemade sweets they want you to try. And, of course, there will be holiday parties, sometimes more than one on the same evening, and it would be rude not go, right?
That doesn’t mean you have to completely abandon your commitment to fitness, although you may have to make a few adjustments. Try these six tips to help stay fit during the holidays.
1. Move, Move, Move
Staying active and moving around is going to be key because it burns calories. And while exercises that get your heart rate up are great, less strenuous activity also is good. Walking up stairsDo the little things to stay active. Take the stairs, park farther away, walk around the mall and go shopping. You can even set a reminder on your phone to move around for 10 minutes after every hour you sit.
2. Keep a (Nearly) Normal Routine
This might be the only time you get to spend with many of your family and friends, so relish it. If you plan to travel, it may be hard to stick to your routine, but stay as close to it as you can. If you normally work out five days a week, work out three. If you are staying in a hotel, check to see if they have a fitness center or look into the local gyms and ask if they offer free passes. The best time to work out is in the afternoon. This is when your body temperature, protein synthesis and reaction time peaks. So enjoy the holidays, sleep in a little and then get moving.
3. Be Realistic
Understand that it’s the holidays and you should enjoy them. This is a time for family and friends. Don’t be too hard on yourself when it comes to eating. The more you restrict your food cravings, the more you want to eat. Recognize it’s only one night and enjoy yourself, but be smart. Eat plenty of the healthy items being served and enjoy smaller portions of the not-so-healthy treats.
4. Drink Plenty of Water
Not only does water lubricate and cushion your joints, but it keeps your stomach full.
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