by Lori Tobin – Guest Blogger
The Holidays are a great time of year to mingle with old friends and new acquaintances, as well as to give and receive gifts. For these reasons and more, things get really busy and it’s easy to be tempted by Holiday treats. I’m especially talking to you moms out there: it is important for you to take care of yourself too!
Here are seven simple tips to help keep you fit and trim during the Holiday season:
- Eat before going to a party so you don’t go hungry. If you feel fuller, it will be easier to say no to ‘Nog.
- When you’re at a get-together, sip on seltzers and a little wine. Steer clear of the eggnog and other Holiday drinks that may be LOADED with calories. Resist indulging unless you know for sure the drinks are low-cal. For more reasons than watching calories, make sure you count your drinks and don’t let others pour for you.
- When hunger strikes, aim for the fruit and veggie platter. Beware of dips. Sometimes, you forget how awesome strawberries taste until you have one—fruits are guilt-free sweets.
- If you need to try one of Santa’s cookies, limit your intake. Similarly, avoid heaping portions of pie no matter how delectable it may seem.
- Sometimes when you feel hunger, it is actually thirst in disguise. Drink lots of water to stay hydrated.
- Keep exercising. If the weather gets snowy, I run around my house doing chores (ie. folding laundry, vacuuming, dusting). Whenever I travel, I always pack my sneakers and hit the gym in the hotel. If there is no gym where you are staying, ask the front desk for a safe running route.
- If you prefer to get fit outdoors, make sure to dress appropriately. I prefer polar tec fleece to keep me warm and wick away sweat—great for those cold days when you need to get out of the house!
Lori Tobin is the Owner of SporTobin, a Hull, MA athletic apparel business dedicated to social responsibility. They have supported Make a Wish Foundation and Hull Seaside Animal Rescue, among other causes. Lori regularly speaks and teaches about the importance of proper nutrition and exercise in children and young adults.