With Christmas around the corner, the festive season is just about to kick off with end of year parties and other celebrations that usual kill our fitness & nutrition goals.
But if we plan for them now, there are ways to keep calories in check and find time to continue the exercise routine. Here are some tips.
• Use a smaller plate - your mind will consider it a full plate regardless of its size!
• Where there are choices, take a little of many things rather than lots of one thing. This ensures you are getting a balanced meal and not overloading on a fatty or high carbohydrate food
• For every glass of alcohol or soft drink, have a glass of water. Water fills you up, has no calories or side effects, is cheap and will help wash out the excesses
• Help clear the table as soon as everyone finished eating rather than sitting and picking at leftovers.
• Make your own mixed drinks with real fruit juice instead of canned drink.
• Don’t be afraid to take things home for later – especially fruit cake as it will keep for ages!
• Only put out some of the available food so people don’t over serve themselves. More can always come out as required.
• Do just 10 minutes of exercise, if that’s all you can manage. Ten minutes of anything is better than nothing – like stair stepping or skipping. Do it first thing in the morning before you get distracted by family or your to do list.
• Most of us will spring clean the house in preparation for family or friends. So why not make this a workout in itself. Put lots of energy into it! Clear out all that clutter then clean, vacuum and polish everything until it gleams.
• Arrange some active fun for everyone! You could go bowling or skating, try a game of Twister or Charades. This will also be great fun for the kids on their school holidays.