Q: When I veg out over the holidays, I end up feeling sluggish and gross. How can I enjoy all the delicious things and still feel like a person later?
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A: Ah, the holidays. Food followed by dessert followed by more food and topped off with hot chocolate with a lot of marshmallows and whipped cream. It’s all so sumptuous and festive. Only the strongest will wouldn’t be tempted.
The key, as it usually is, is moderation. Do not torture yourself by skipping your favorite treats while the rest of your family enjoys them. Don’t overdo it on exercise to account for what you’re eating. You’ll be miserable, and the point of keeping on top of fitness during the holidays is to feel good.
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If you’re sitting around after a big meal, suggest that everyone get up and take a walk. Instead of planning a lunch with a high school friend you rarely see, meet up for a spin class. If you’re strapped for equipment or away from a gym, pull up a YouTube workout that only requires a little bit of space and your own body weight. Strap on some waterproof boots and go play in the snow. Try to get some activity everyday, even if it’s just chasing your little cousins around your backyard.
Don’t think about maintaining or losing weight. Enjoy spending time with your family over the holidays. And you’ll be able to enjoy the foods that you love (and wait all year to have) without that unnecessary guilt factor.
The best advice I can give is to listen to yourself. Your body knows when it needs to rest and when it needs to move. When you let your body have final say, you’ll be able to make it through the holidays without a food coma crash.
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