I feel as if everyone has a love/hate relationship with the holidays. We all lose the holidays for the family get togethers, the vibe and of course the gifts. We all hate the holidays for the family, the vibe, and the gifts.
Really though. The holidays means getting together with people you only somewhat care for, spending a ridiculous amount of money, and the lingering thought that you're going to gain fifteen extra pounds in the process.
The weight gain could be the most dreaded part of the holiday season, but with simple steps and precautions, you can maintain your health throughout the season, worry free.
Drink Plenty of Fluids
This seems like an obvious, I mean obviously. Drinking fluids is one of the number one recommended health precautions to take, always, but during the holidays it can be difficult to remember to drink plenty of water with all of that alcohol drinking and eating you'll be doing.
Don't Forget To Eat
While you're out running all of your holiday errands and getting your last minute shopping done, it can be difficult to remember to sit down and have a meal, or to even consume a snack. Or, some women purposefully do not eat to “save room” for all of the calories they're going to consume during holiday meals.
Not eating at all throughout the day and then eating later on at night will only force your body to store every single one of those calories, instead of burning them off consistently throughout the day, because your body will be tricked into thinking that it's not going to eat for extended periods of time again. Eat consistently throughout the day, small meals with small snacks in-between, and your body will not overindulge when it comes to those big holiday meals, resulting in minimal or no weight gain.
Don't Stop Being Active
Many women are so caught up with everything that they have to do during the extremely busy holiday season, that they forget their usual workout routines and push it off until January, to start their “New Year's Resolutions”. Never wait for that moment to become active. January and February are so jam packed with everyone wanting to fulfill their resolutions, that machine space is limited, and it can become overwhelming.
Maintaining your routine throughout the holiday months will keep you consistent and set you apart from those who are just in the gym for a short period of time.
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