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Plan your day

The holidays can disrupt your routine, so track your food intake and activity level. Even if you decide to eat higher-calorie options, eat smaller portions and make other adjustments to stay within your daily caloric goals. If you are attending a potluck, take a low-calorie dish so you have at least one healthy choice. Good options include a vegetable or fruit platter, hummus, black bean dip or air-popped popcorn with a sprinkle of your favorite seasoning.


Stay hydrated

Drink six to eight glasses of water a day, and be sure to have two big glasses before a large, calorie-rich meal. To keep your liquid calories in check, alternate water and an alcoholic or sweetened beverage.


Choose alcoholic beverages with care

If you want to have one or two cocktails, choose drinks you can sip slowly, such as a fine wine or bourbon. If you are looking for a mixed drink, vodka mixed with lime and seltzer water is another great low-calorie option.

STAYING FIT AND HEALTHY DURING THE HOLIDAYS

HARLEENA SINGH

Harleena Singh is a professional freelance writer with a background in teaching and education. She has a keen interest in food and health related issues and can be approached through her website freelancewriter.co. Checkout her blog and network with her on Google+, Twitter, and Facebook.

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Harness the power of technology

If you don’t have time to join the local gym, you can access a variety of fitness apps that can help you squeeze in a workout during your downtime. You can try a health-tracking device to help you keep count of your steps, calories burned, etc. Don’t forget your DVD player is great for watching workout or yoga DVDs, or check out free online workouts.


Get enough sleep

Lack of sleep can derail your fitness efforts. First, you will be too tired to fit in your workout. Second, sleepiness can cause you to crave high-sugar items in an attempt to gain more energy. Third, when you do not get enough sleep, your immune system may weaken and that can make you more susceptible to colds and flu.

With the holidays coming up, the highlight for many people during this season is gathering with family and friends and enjoying favorite holiday treats. Here are some tips that will help you enjoy your holidays to the fullest while not increasing your waistline.


Keep moving

Try to avoid sitting for long periods and make efforts to stay active. Research indicates getting up for just five minutes every 30 to 60 minutes and performing light activities (such as pacing around the house or performing simple squat exercises) reduces the risk of diabetes and other heart disease risk factors. Embrace the surroundings. If you are on an island or beach holiday, head to the water for your workouts. In the countryside or a city that has amazing parks, head out and explore by hiking, running, walking, biking. You may even look at horseback riding for a more adventurous twist.


Don’t skip meals

Eat a light, healthy meal a few hours before any holiday event. If you go most of the day without eating, you will be more likely to overeat and choose unhealthy options. A filling meal that will hold you over until your event should include both protein and fiber for extra staying power. It’s easy to overeat at holiday gatherings since there is usually a great variety of food. Eat slowly and listen to your hunger cues. If you are truly no longer hungry, avoid second helpings.