HOLIDAY SURVIVAL TIPS

by Gavan on December 3, 2007

We all know the eating and drinking season is here. Christmas parties, office parties–whatever it is, it all revolves around food and drink. Not a bad thing by all accounts but we’ll pay for it next month. So I came up with a few health and fitness tips to help make it a bit easier when the word “diet” comes around in a few weeks.
I know there’s a lot of stuff on tv and in mags. about getting through the season and not putting on weight and all that crap so I’m going to keep this very basic. Nothing more boring than someone telling you what you should or shouldn’t do. It’s the holidays so do whatever you want but here’s a few suggestions of what I’m going to do or try to do.
WATER:
This is probably the most important thing to consider especially during the holidays. Your body needs to stay hydrated and when we’re out and about at whatever party it is, drinking a lot of water will definitely help with the recovery by flushing out the toxins. For those of you thinking hair of the dog, been there done that but be sure to drink water as well.
EXERCISE:
Usually not on the agenda for most people during the holidays, but think about it–if you can motivate yourself to get in some exercise it’ll make it all the better having that extra beer or slice of pie. Anything helps. Get out and get some fresh air. Go for a walk, jog or hit the gym (for those not hungover). For walking a basic rule of thumb is to go for 30-60 mins. at 50-70% of your max. heart rate. Do what you can and try to enjoy it.

SNACK:
This is good for those who tend to starve themselves before they go to a party. We’ve all heard about it or even done it. Someone skipping lunch because they’re going to a party 6 hours later. Bad idea. You’ll be so ravenous by then you’ll end up shoving anything and everything into your mouth. Especially once the booze kicks in. The key here is to EAT a snack before you go so you’re not starving. You definitely want to enjoy the food at the party so don’t go for dinner but have a bowl of soup maybe or a sandwich. You also don’t want to drink on an empty stomach especially at an office do. Could be interesting though!

YOURSELF:
Christmas can be fairly stressful. You’re running around shopping, trying to see everyone who’s home for the holidays, parties, not to mention family. We all know that’s work in itself. Not to get too yogalike here but it’s important to make time for yourself. All you need is a few minutes each day to get away from everyone and take a breath. This will help you feel relaxed and less stressed.
There you have it. Nothing too deep or painful, right? We all know the build up is bigger than the actual event so enjoy the month and we’ll deal with the rest of it in the new year.

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