The season of indulgence is almost here, where we’ll give way to one’s own desires and allow ourselves to do what we want – because this is the best time of the year. But it doesn’t mean you should go on an unhealthy ride. Life will probably get busy and if you don’t have a proper planning, then you’ll may end up gaining a few extra pounds over the festive holidays – this isn’t the end of the world, but something we can all bear in mind.
So, here’s a few ways on how to stay in shape while still enjoying the holidays:
Make sure you’re drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day, especially in the morning right after you wake up. You don’t want to have migraines and feel tired throughout the day and your body needs to have enough fluid to operate properly. Plus, your skin will thank you later!
Never skip breakfast
Intentionally skipping your breakfast in order to save on some calories isn’t always a good idea, you need to break your overnight fast within 2 hours of waking up. You can’t expect your body to perform well if you don’t fuel it with important nutrients, which are mostly found in morning meals such as calcium, iron and fibre.
Now, we know this is easier said than done but one way to avoid overeating is simply by practicing mindfulness. Be conscious about what you put in your body. Proportions matter a lot when it comes to healthy and unhealthy options and you don’t need to deprive yourself anything if you combine more veggies and salads. I’d also suggest drinking 1 glass of water before any meal to help you feel fuller.
Get enough sleep
Are you getting the recommended 8-9 hours of sleep a day? If not, then you’re making a huge mistake inviting the calories in. Short sleep duration is responsible for weight gain, as it affects your appetite hormones. So, go grab your sleep mask! Grumpy isn’t invited anywhere.
Establish a workout routine
The festive season is not an excuse to skip your morning cardio or evening yoga. You need to follow a workout routine for at least 15 minutes daily, even 5 minutes is enough to get your metabolism going. Be it walking, running, yoga, meditation, HIIT, anything! It’s not about finding time, but making time for what matters, and your health is your wealth.