Tips to Stay in Shape During The Holidays

It’s the most wonderful time of year! Food, cold weather and time off are some of the best parts of the holiday season. But with fun holiday elements often comes

It’s the most wonderful time of year! Food, cold weather and time off are some of the best parts of the holiday season. But with fun holiday elements often comes extra pounds and cold weather-induced laziness. Cold weather and holiday merriment is no excuse to let your hard work fly out the window. Here some tips on staying in shape during the holidays:

Introduce quick bursts of exercise.

You don’t need to go to a gym to get your dose of fitness. You can do daily bursts of 10 to 20 minutes of high-intensity, cardio exercise from the comfort of your own home. This can fire up your metabolism, increase your mood and decrease anxiety significantly. Exercises like burpees, squats, jumping jacks and crunches are easy to do in your living room. You can even do these while watching one of your favorite holiday films.

Indulge, but don’t over-indulge.

Holiday sweets are delightful, but 10 extra pounds to waistline? Not so much. While it’s tempting to binge on cookies, cake and candy, think about the consequences of your actions. Once the holidays are over, you’ll need to spend extra time at the gym to work off that holiday weight. Avoid the extra gym time by pacing yourself with sweet treats. Besides, it’s better to savor the delicious holiday treats slowly instead of scarfing down a dozen of them at once.

Stay germ-free.

If you’re constantly down with the flu, there’s no way you’ll be able to stick to a fitness plan. Wash your hands, sanitize your home and work spaces and go get a flu shot. These are simple ways to ward off those nasty cold and flu germs. Keeping alcohol-based hand sanitizers with you at all times and taking daily doses of Vitamin C are also fantastic ways to to prevent illness. Remember to never sneeze into your hand, always use a tissue or the crook of your elbow if you’re desperate.

Don’t skip any meals.

Skipping meals in order to really enjoy that holiday meal is a bad idea. When you do this, you end up eating a lot more calories in the end. It’s also terrible for your metabolism. Eating a nutritious breakfast, light lunch and small snack throughout the day is a healthier way to handle the situation. You’ll also feel physically better and more alert throughout your day if you aren’t starving yourself.

Wear figure-hugging clothing.

It may seem like a strange tip, but wearing tight clothing makes you less inclined to overeat. No one wants a visible food baby poking out beneath their LBD. When you overeat in a tight dress, the too-snug fabric makes it difficult to breathe. Restricted breathing and movement are not situations you want to encounter while trying to enjoy yourself; so avoid this by flaunting your curves in your nicest dress.