This time of year often brings celebrations with family and friends.
It’s also the time when diets go out the window and exercise regimes are forgotten. Of all the times of the year, now is often the culmination of the eating, drinking and being merry; when the over-indulgence reaches its peak.
While it’s easy to over-do it, you’ll feel so much better if you make a plan to find a good balance. In this spirit, we present our top 5 tips for staying happy and healthy over the holiday break!
- Adapt your routine
Adapt your regular exercise routine to avoid missing out altogether. For example, get up early and do some stretching before the rest of the family wakes, and go for a walk between meals or before going to bed.
Aim for half an hour but be realistic. And remember, something is better than nothing.
- Drink plenty of water
Think of water as Santa’s little helper. Make sure you always have water at the table and alternate with alcoholic drinks, and stay hydrated in the car if driving between get-togethers. By drinking plenty of water, you will both reduce your appetite and regulate your energy levels.
- Incorporate fun activities into your celebration
Although it’s tempting to just sit around the table at gatherings, it’s essential that you incorporate a variety of activities into your day. Whether it’s a game of backyard cricket, soccer, quoits or bocce, staying active doesn’t have to be chore! Involve the whole family, get outdoors, enjoy the beautiful weather, and have fun together.
- Be smart, be safe
It’s easy to get swept up in the holiday spirit, but don’t get carried away. If you (or the kids) receive a present that requires assembly, remember to read the instructions. If carrying heavy gift items, bend your knees when lifting. Do some stretching if your family game of backyard cricket gets a little competitive. And take it easy when you’ve had a bit to drink.
- Enjoy yourself in moderation
Now is the time to treat yourself, so you can relax and enjoy the treats you love. But don’t go overboard; limit portion sizes, eat plenty of veggies and fruit, drink in moderation, and avoid eating immediately before bed. This will ensure that you’re feeling your best, and can make the most of every moment with those nearest and dearest to you!
Enjoy the holiday season, from the NCO team!