*Please note: The following is a guest post by Brian Semonian, Blink Fitness Personal Training Director
The holiday season is a busy, wonderful time of year often spent running around buying presents, cooking (and eating) indulgent meals, and of course, spending quality time with friends and family. During this time of year, my clients at Blink Fitness are always asking me what they can do to help maintain their weight and keep their spirits up.
Here are five easy tips and tricks to ensure you’re feeling great through the rest of the month’s festivities and well into the New Year:
- Rise & Chow. Knowing you may be overindulging at a holiday party later or baking Christmas cookies with the kids is no reason to skip the most important meal of the day. Breakfast eaters maintain morning blood sugar levels better than those who miss out on their a.m. bites. When your blood sugar levels are regulated early, you have better control over snack choices and eat less at later meals. If you currently do not eat breakfast, start slow: Maybe a cup of yogurt or a banana within the first hour of waking up. Then try for a high-fiber breakfast, working up to having two or three different food groups.
- Water is your friend. You’re taking your daughter to dance class, racing to the store to pick up cheese and wine for a friend’s dinner party, then hopping back home to get some laundry out of the way. Think of water as being the river that brings neural information throughout the brain and body. Are your rivers roaring rapids, or dried-up, slow-moving streams? A person should drink one quart of water per 100 pounds per day. If you are under stress (ahem, in the midst of holiday season), then you should DOUBLE this recommended water intake. I carry a bottle of water with me everywhere I go to ensure I always have a way to hydrate. When I run out, I just pop into a nearby coffee shop and ask them to refill it.
- Jot It Down. Because you should get to indulge a little around the holidays, keeping a food journal is great way to see what you’re consuming so that you don’t over do it. Planning ahead also plays a huge role here. If you know you’re going to be out and about for a while, be sure to bring a healthy snack for you and the kids so you’re not tempted to make a quick, unhealthy decision. This will also help minimize your stress levels!
- Easy on the booze. While a glass of celebratory wine here and there is fine, overindulging in alcohol adds unnecessary calories to your diet and can also lower your inhibitions around rich foods. As a tip, if you need to have a cocktail, get it in a tall, thin glass as people generally pour less liquid into these.
- Exercise to unwind. At least 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise in the training heart rate zone can improve mood, elevate our stress thresholds, speed delivery of oxygen to the brain, and help to balance brain chemicals and hormones for more effective stress management. Regular and rigorous exercise also leads to a better night’s sleep, which helps us deal with daily stressors more efficiently.
Blink Fitness has 7 locations around Long Island – and now through December 31st you can get a jumpstart on your New Year’s fitness goals by joining Blink and getting 50% off when you pay in full for 2015.
…tell the the Long Island Mamas sent you!
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