Now that the holiday season is officially upon us, many people use this time of year to forget all about their “getting in shape” plans and feast upon copious amounts of tasty yet fattening treats and dinners. If you’re a runner, the holidays can be one of the most dreaded times of the year. Who can resist the delicious cookies? The good news is there are some small things you can do to get through this tempting time of year. The bad news is it takes a little self-control and determination.
Preparing for the Big Meal
- Try not to “save your appetite.” Waiting to eat until the Thanksgiving dinner is served can result in overeating. Eat a healthful breakfast!
- Plan your meal by providing healthful choices to the dinner table. Instead of a big pumpkin pie, bring vegetables or a large salad.
- Don’t be afraid to eat what you want, but set limits for yourself. Savor each bite and you may find that you feel full before your plate is clean.
- Instead of snacking on cookies and bread before the meal, try eating fresh vegetable and light cheeses.
This is probably the worst part of the meal: the sluggish, sleepy period in front of the TV. Here are some easy ways to stay active post-Thanksgiving meal.
- Take a walk with your family to a park or even just around the block. Bring along a digi walker to measure your distance.
- Lend a hand in doing the dishes. This will keep your upper body active and get you on your feet.
- Retreat to an empty room and do some yoga. Not only will this help you digest but it will also help keep your endorphins up. Don’t slip into a food coma!