Chances are that during the Thanksgiving weekend you may have had a couple of extra servings of your holiday favorites, a few extra glasses of wine and no chance to get to the gym. No need to beat up on yourself, for that is what the holidays are all about: Food, family and fun! Here are a few tips to get you back on track to your healthier lifestyle (at least until the next holiday!)
o This week, get back to your fitness plan and aim at doing an extra day or two of exercise (If you normally exercise 3 days a week, try to get 5 days in).
o On those days that you choose to do aerobic exercise, increase your duration for an extra 10 minutes to help burn off some of those extra calories.
o Aim for higher intensity aerobic activities so that you burn more calories per hour.
o Drink extra water (10 – 12 glasses a day). This will help flush the toxins (sugars, alcohols and food chemicals) out of your system, making your system more efficient.
o Focus on whole foods. Eliminate sugars, fried foods and overly processed breads and other foods. Eat lots of veggies, fruits, whole grains and lean proteins.
o Small meals throughout the day. There’s a good chance that your stomach expanded a little over this Thanksgiving weekend, potentially making it think it needs more food to feel satisfied. Try to eat 5 or 6 smaller meals throughout the day, keeping you satiated, but helping your stomach adjust back to its normal size.
o Self time. Take a night or two this week to get back to normal, decompress and enjoy alone time.
o One night take a bath and get to bed early. Whether caused by hours of cooking, driving, shopping or family stress, a bath will help alleviate the stress of the holiday weekend.
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