There are 3 common healthy habits most adults drop during the holiday season which results in weight gain and often illness.
Most likely you can guess the three… Poor eating habits, not enough sleep and lack of exercise. Read the entire blog, we promise it will be simple to follow these steps.
POOR HOLIDAY EATING HABITS: This one gets us all. Most holiday food is either full of sugar or other rich ingredients making your taste buds jump for joy and your brain light up like a Christmas Tree.
The ideal solution is chew your food, just don’t swallow it, however that will probably not go well around the family.
Here are some simple ideas to help:
- Drink water during meals. If you are going to drink other substances socially, make sure to drink water with your meals.
- Put smaller portions on your plate. People have a tendency of eating what they take.
- Eat slowly. It has been said that it takes your brain 20 minutes to tell your stomach you are full. People who eat TOO fast tend to eat TOO much!
- Try to eat healthier as the day gets later. Traditionally, your metabolism slows down as the day gets later making it harder to burn calories.
EXERCISE DURING THE HOLIDAYS: It is not a surprise how easily people get off their exercise routine during the holidays. You either have too much to do, or you have family come in town are just a few excuses people let get in their way.
- Get up before everyone and do some basic calisthenics each day. It does not take as much work as people think to maintain their fitness levels. Do a little in the morning to keep the metabolism fast and maintain your fitness during the busy times.
- WALK: If you have family in town, go for a walk and visit instead of sitting on the couch. Tallahassee doesn’t usually get very cold around the holidays most of the time, so it is ideal to take a stroll.
- VISIT THE PARK: If you have family in town including kids, go to the park or play outside. Kids go crazy indoors for long periods of time and if you have family visiting they will enjoy the new scenery.
GET 7-8 HOURS OF SLEEP: One of the many reasons people get sick during the holidays is they get run down and don’t get adequate sleep. When your body sleeps, it gives all your organs a chance to rest, process food and reset. You burn fat when you sleep, your muscles grow and recover from exercise and your brain processes your day and resets for tomorrow. Not enough sleep will weaken your immune system and make it hard to focus and stay organized.
- Go to bed early, get up early. Whether you are an early riser or not. You brain works best earlier in the day. You will get more done in shorter periods than staying up late.
- POWER NAPS! Laying on the couch or in a comfortable chair, close your eyes for 30-45 minutes is a great way to recharge if you didn’t sleep well or couldn’t go to bed at a decent hour.
- Stay away from caffeine after 5 pm or high amounts of sugar. Caffeine is a stimulant and can ruin sleep patterns. Consuming large amounts of sugar really puts a strain on your body causing you to need more sleep to feel rested. It also makes it harder to recover from everyday stressors and exercise.
Follow these basic steps and it should alleviate any guilt you might have once the holidays pass and keep you illness free!