With so many parties and events on at this time of year, it’s easy to slip into unhealthy habits.
This can even be fuelled by the idea of getting back on track after the festive season as a new years resolution…
Don’t undo all your good work from this year, and prepare for a great start to the new year by following these tips to stay healthy during the festive season:
- Don’t go to Christmas parties and events hungry. Eat well (and healthily) before hand so that you’re less likely to eat too much, or go for bad food choices.
- If you’re taking food to a party or event, take healthy options such as fresh fruit, veggies and healthy dips, that way you (and others) have something good to eat.
- Learn to make your own dips – a much healthier option because you know what’s in them, and you will impress your friends.
- This hot weather is perfect for refreshing fruit, so opt for fresh fruit for dessert instead!
- It is the time of year for indulgence, so do allow yourself some beautiful rich foods, but try to limit the actual volume of food, and eat slowly so as not to overstuff yourself and feel sluggish.
- A glass of water in between alcoholic beverages will keep you hydrated and minimise a potential hangover.
- Drive or be designated driver to some parties to avoid drinking alcohol.
- Don’t just drink sweet soft drinks or juices though, aim for sparkling water, perhaps with fruit to make it a bit more fun.
And be active!
- Plan to do something active for the day after a party – hit the beach for a swim, walk the dog, go for a run or to a gym class etc.
- Plan an active goal for the new year, so that you have something to start training for and focus on.
- Challenge, but don’t overwhelm yourself.
- If you’ld like to tackle your first half marathon or marathon, then start smaller and register for something like a Resolution Run. It’s a great way to start being active from the very beginning of the year.
Most importantly, stay safe and have a very happy Christmas and New Year!