4 Tips: How to Stay Fit & Feel Good During the Holidays

Christmas is almost upon us. As if December with all the Christmas markets and delicacies as well as Advent calendars wasn’t chocolaty enough, we will most-likely start a marathon of feasting tomorrow. Christmas Eve until New Year’s Eve always is the most naughtiest of times for me during the year. It’s only natural that this is a time to relax and forget about the stress. However, working your body in one way or another is also important - and so is fresh air. Therefore, get your sneakers out and - wherever you are in the world to celebrate Christmas - get active.

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1.) BE ACTIVE BEFORE 11 AM

Do you have a dog? Jackpot. This is the best reason to get up and into your trainers. The earlier you start, the more calories you’ll burn and you’ll boost your metabolism. Be active for at least 30 minutes. Go running, do an intervall session or take the dog for a walk while you do your own little workout. Push-ups, sprints, lunges, jumping jacks, high knees and so on - there are no limits to your creativity. There’s just one rule: the faster you get your blood pumping the more effective your workout. Makes sense, huh? As holidays mean food, activities and family reunion, mornings are the best time to get your workout over with and stay in shape. You won’t feel too guilty when diving into another round of food as you have overcome your weaker self and got your daily workout out of the way. You’ll also feel much happier. I promise.

2.) DRINK AT LEAST 2 LITERS OF WATER (AT LEAST!) A DAY

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Water is a mircale cure. It’s not a secret that it boosts your metabolism which is exactly what you need when eating all the food that is not the lightest of meals. Water will keep you hydrated and your body working. Water increases your metabolic rate and this is what you want during the season of feasting. Holidays come with impressive amounts of alcoholic beverages which de-hydrate your body. Stick to the one-to-one rule, meaning a glass of water after every glass of alcohol.

3.) EAT RAW FRUITS & VEGETABLES AS OFTEN AS YOU CAN

This one speaks for itself: don’t just inhale the meat and chocolate as well as other fat and naughty stuff (I know, it’s all so good and hard to resist). Actually, I am not telling you to not eat it but to get your handful of fruits and ideally vegetables whenever you can squeeze it in. It’s filling and helps you to control your candy cravings.

4.) STOP EATING BEFORE YOUR STOMACH IS ABOUT TO BURST

There’s no doubt about that: we tend to overeat during the holidays and then feel the urge to pop the button. Overeating can make you feel sick, tired and generally lazy. Plus, it’s too much food for your body - duh, obviously - and cannot be processed. Try not toreach this point by eating slowly and listening to your body. Are you starting to feel full? Well, good then! Drink some water and sit back. You’ll soon feel satisfied without feeling uncomfortably full. Tip: drink a glass of water before staring to eat as this will fill up your stomach a little.

Consider these 4 essential but simple tips and you’ll have energetic holidays while enjoying what’s on the plate in front of you.

You can then sit in front of the fire without having a guilty conscience.

Do you have any other tips?