Top Tips for holiday eating

It’s that time of year again!

The season for joy, connection, and celebration. If you are anything like me then you love this season because this time comes with lots of rest and downtime, family time and fun training time. But also, It’s prime season for eating.

Everyone knows how common it is to gain a few kilos over the holiday season…but it doesn’t have to be that way! Why not start your New Year in a happy space with yourself (and hey if you are ok with gaining a couple of kilos over the season then that is great too!)

My tips:

Don’t allow overindulgence for more than one meal per day.

Keep breakfast light or skip it entirely if you’re having a large lunch or early dinner.

Drink at least 2L of water per day.

Break a sweat every single day.

Make sure you are strength training no less than 3x/week.

Always keep movement up! (read on for more)

Buffets are for bites – to try and taste a variety of things, not to consume full portions of everything in sight.

Don’t be afraid to say no. If you’re getting peer pressure to eat more than you desire, it’s ok to decline.

Which of these do you consistently do well with? Which of these are the greatest struggles for you? I’d also love to hear other suggestions for best practices that work for you!

Now onto the more movement part,

I wouldn’t be the first person to tell you that chronic sitting can literally kill you over time. And even if you exercise regularly, not getting enough movement throughout your day otherwise is still very harmful. Over this beautiful restful season we really can sit a whole lot and just exercise our jaw!

So today, I wanted to share a few ways that you can nearly effortlessly get more movement into your daily life:

Always take the stairs (a tried and true method!)

Park at the back of the lot so you have to walk further to get into the store

Use TV time productively – whether you stretch while watching your favorite shows or use the commercial breaks to get in some squats and situps

Choose standing over sitting when you can

Set a timer that reminds you to get up from your desk/couch and move around every hour

Meet with friends and family for walking dates rather than lunches and dinners. I personally love this one.

Which of these are you already doing consistently and which are your greatest areas of opportunity?

Consistent daily effort with these things can add up to BIG results or detrimental consequences – like a longer life or an early death.

I hope you are all having the most super Christmas and festive season and looking forward to a little more downtime.

Catch up next week!

Isilda Da Costa is a personal trainer and women’s fitness specialist who, if she isn’t at the gym training, is busy researching the most up to date information for growing those muscles. She has combined her love of everything healthy by being a health coach in her own health shop in Swaziland. Follow along on @izzy.healthandfitness

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