With the festive season on your doorstep, there are more social events and plenty of fun family time to look forward to. However, you donât want to drop your guard and gain weight.
Gareth Powell, USN National Training Manager, says that while dieting and exercising may be the last thing you want to do over the festive season, maintaining a healthy routine is crucial.
âAlthough it may be easier said than done, including training and exercising when planning for the holidays can help you to make healthier choices and still have a great time with your family,â adds Powell.
Here are his tips for maintaining a healthy lifestyle over the festive season:
Opt for outdoor training activities like playing a game of soccer together or going for a walk in the park or on the beach. These activities are fun and can be performed by the whole family - the trick is to always stay active.
Watch what you eat when going out. It is easy to get tempted into eating unhealthy meals when you are having a good time. Be selective of which meals you would like to indulge on. A treat here and there is fine, as long as itâs not a regular occurrence.
Manage your alcohol intake and donât overdo it. Opt for a fruit salad for dessert instead of having a bowl of ice cream, custard or a slice of cake. Order grilled meats with a side order of vegetables instead of fried meals when ordering take-away food, and drink water instead of fizzy drinks.
Regular smaller meals are essential. They help to maintain an improved metabolic response and appetite control, possibly increasing the number of calories burnt. Lean mass is also maintained and your blood sugar levels are stabilised, which all contribute to warding off overconsumption of foods
Do not cut out carbohydrates. Instead try to manage your intake so that you enhance the production of the feel-good hormone, serotonin.
Use supportive supplementation to your advantage. Itâs often busy over this period, so convenience is important to help you achieve calorie requirements. For example, if youâre on the road to your holiday destination, avoid the temptation for a quick stop at the petrol station for some junk food. You can rather rely on convenient supplement snacks like a USN Diet Fuel RTD protein shake or the USN Diet Whey Slab which can be used as a snack replacement.
Do not deprive your body of a good nightâs sleep. Giving your body enough time to rest has many health benefits and often complements a healthy lifestyle.
âThere are many ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle over the festive season that require minimal effort and planning. The trick is to be responsible about your choices,â says Powell.
âLiving a healthy lifestyle should not be seen as a burden or prevent you from having fun â it should be a way of life. Always try and find creative ways of training and eating healthily, while accommodating the needs of your family.â
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