It is so easy to drift off into Carefree Land the minute the Christmas season rolls around. Every ounce of discipline you have had throughout the year with things like hitting targets, eating healthily, and working out give way to the festivities that accompany Christmas.
It is okay to participate in the seasons’ festivities and indulge a little. Still, you absolutely should ensure that you do what is necessary to stay in shape even if your routine is interrupted. The good thing for you is that it is still possible to keep in shape during the Christmas season.
So as you go through the motions of planning Christmas dinner, wrapping presents, and drinking eggnog, why not include these tips for ensuring your health and fitness is in check at the same time?
- Do Christmas shopping on foot. In this Information Age, it is pretty easy to do all the Christmas shopping online. While it is convenient and efficient, it takes away from the enjoyment of “touch and feel” and the physical workout!
Find the biggest mall in your area and stroll on the weekend to search for family and friends’ gifts.
Visit multiple locations to find the best deals – and secretly the fitness benefits.
Wear leg shaping sneakers on your expedition, so you are getting the added benefit of toned legs and buttocks!Wear your mask and stay a safe distance when shopping or walking.
- Keep healthy snacks around. While watching your favorite Christmas movies or spending the night wrapping presents, you will likely want to have snacks around. And you can do that, but ensure they are healthy options and nothing that you will feel guilty about down the road.
Nuts are always a good idea for snacking.
Remember that if something is around when you get hungry, you will likely eat it. Keep that in mind, when shopping for snacks at the supermarket.
- Participate in daytime festivities. Instead of throwing a late evening bash for friends and family, why not make it brunch? A daytime celebration works out better than a late evening one because even if your food choices are not the healthiest, you will have more time to burn off the calories before bedtime.
Invite your friends and family to a backyard party with tents, hammocks, and sunlight. The warmth and beauty of the daytime are more likely to have you moving around.
Go on a picnic at the local park and take all the necessities like blankets, pillows, and fold-up chairs along. The more things you have to pack and unpack, the more of a workout you will get.
- Make potluck dinner on Christmas Day. There is nothing as yummy as leftovers after Christmas. Unfortunately, leftovers can often lead to overeating. Instead of cooking a whole feast, why not team up with friends and potluck on Christmas Day? Fewer portions and less expense!
If you opt to do a rich and creamy macaroni and cheese, bake it in a disposable container instead of your pricey baking dish. That way, you will not feel inclined to take home whatever is left.
While you will have better luck at staying in shape by staying away from the festivities, that is not an option! Christmas comes around for you to enjoy and make the most of with family and friends. Just be sure that amid the enjoyment are wise decisions that take your health and fitness into consideration.
As with all these suggestions, wear your mask, and practice social distances, but have fun and enjoy your family and friends. Until next time stay safe, and keep the faith. Merry Christmas!