Stay Healthy & Fit Over the Holidays
Canada Get Fit, December 2011
- Take an after-dinner walk with the family to admire the light displays.
- Make a new year’s resolution to try a new activity – how about the Centurion cycling program with Canada Get Fit.
- Walk as much as possible. Take extra laps at the mall, use the stairs, volunteer to walk the dog.
- If you’re hanging out with kids, set up a game of football, tag or hide and seek.
- Go easy on yourself, you are not always in charge of your schedule during the holidays. You can get back to your routine after the holidays.
- Keeping hydrated by drinking lots of water – it will keep you not only feeling “more full” but is a great tool for keeping healthy in general.
- Avoid filling up on sweets – filling up on healthier foods first, like lean proteins and veggies will help you avoid junk food.
- Stretched for time — shorten workouts but make them more intense.
- Don’t skip meals — this can be detrimental to your metabolism and wreak havoc on your fitness goals.
- Skip high-fat dressings, gravy, and condiments which can add an extra 100 to 200 calories. Opt for ketchup, mustard or low-fat dressings and gravy.
- Sneak in a pre-party workout to work off those starchy holiday dishes and keep your metabolism heightened to help burn off extra indulgences.
- Don’t go to any holiday parties on an empty stomach or you may find yourself overeating.
- Avoid high calorie drinks such as egg nog, margaritas or any whole milk lattes.