Fitness Expert Beth Oliver joined us today with her expert tips for staying healthy during the holidays:
As much as we all love the holidays, it can be challenging to stick with the healthy behaviors that we rely on most of the time. Most Americans gain about 7 pounds during the holiday season, and most of it comes from just being out of our regular routine. Here are a few hints that will help you negotiate the Holidays.
- Drink plenty of water. Every system of your body depends on water. Dehydration is often mistaken for hunger, which leads to over-eating and dehydration can also slow down your metabolism. If your holidays include air travel, the humidity is lower on a plane, so drink plenty of water and bring moisturizer and eye drops with you. That way you will arrive looking and feeling fresh.
- Keep plenty of fresh fruits on vegetables on hand to snack on. Offer to bring the hors devours to a party just to make sure there are some high fiber, low fat foods available.
- Alternate alcoholic beverages with club soda or sparkling water. You will save calories and keep from getting dehydrated.
- Try to stick to your same sleep patterns. Sleep is your body’s opportunity to rejuvenate and recover. You’ll make better decisions all day long.
- Get outside. Just being outdoors is refreshing. Plus you will be away from the temptation of snacks, and a cozy warm house just makes you want to hunker down and watch a movie! Make it a family affair, talk a walk to look at the Holiday lights, play a game of tag…shovel your neighbor’s walkway…
- On the same note, fit exercise in any way you can. Shop downtown so that you get a good walk in. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, park at the far end of the parking lot. Exercise during your favorite show's commercial breaks.