Tis the season for overeating (among other things)—but the holidays don’t have to derail your health. Brenda Powell—Zenergy personal trainer and yoga instructor—offers some tips for staying on track this holiday season.
If that sounds easier said than done, here’s how:
Burn Extra Calories
Without realizing it, you can easily pack in a pound’s worth of calories—yes, 3,500—in no time. One fabulously catered holiday party can have disastrous results. It’s hard to undo those extra calories. Consider this—60 minutes of biking at 10 mph burns only about 300 calories. Who has 11 hours to spend on the bike? Try adding an extra 30 minutes of daily activity throughout the holidays to offset all the treats.
Focus on Family, Not Food
The holidays were never intended to be about food. Think of the season as a special time to spend with family and friends. Focus on the people, the connection, and the laughter—and you’ll find that the food has less allure.
Create a plan for success. It’s okay to indulge a little, but be sure you have a plan in place after you do. If you arrive home from a party feeling like you’ve overdone it, develop a day-after plan before you go to sleep. Decide on a light yet nourishing breakfast, a brisk workout, and a renewed outlook. Getting back on track—not feeling guilty—is your game plan.