1. Keep moving.
Too much sitting is hazardous to your health. Research shows that getting up for just five minutes every 30 to 60 minutes and performing light activity (say, pacing around the house or performing simple squat exercises) reduces the risk of diabetes and other heart disease risk factors.”
2. Be the man or woman with a plan. And hydrate.
The holidays can be a real land mine in terms of disrupting your best exercise and weight-control intentions. Start each day with a game plan, First, track your food intake and activity level. Doing so makes you aware of the amount of calories in certain foods. Even if you decide to eat higher-calorie options, you will probably eat smaller portions and make other adjustments to stay within your daily caloric goals.
3. Exercise early.
Make sure workouts are in the morning so you don’t get distracted later in the day by parties and events.
Stay hydrated. Your brain can sometimes confuse thirst with hunger. A large glass of water before a meal (and especially before considering seconds) can help lessen the amount of food you consume.
5. Plan – and remember there is always time and opportunity for a workout.
Plan your workouts for the week and note them in your schedule to assure they are a part of your day. Also, remember that some exercise is better than none.
6. Indulge for a night, not a season.
“It’s easy to overindulge when the season of parties and leftovers – so many leftovers – is upon us. When the party is over, it is time to dump the junk!”
7. Remember it’s a single day.
“Enjoy the holiday. If you worry about eating too much on this single day, the reality is that one day won’t make or break your health plan.