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A healthy holiday list

Posted by on 18/07/2018

Finally, the party season is here.
Nanjing Night Net

Every weekend from now until 2017 is booked up with social engagements.

GO EASY: The best gift you could give to yourself is to ease up on the calories over Christmas. Photo: Louie Douvis

For most of us, this means more time with friends and family, but these social events can come at a cost, and I’m not talking about the cost of catering.

Multiple studies in Western societies have reported average weight gain among adults during the period between mid-November and mid-January were about 0.5kg, and that extra weight was unlikely to be lost in the following year.

Here in Australia we are very lucky in the way that our summer holidays coincide with the festive season. However, we still seem to on average, walk away from summer with a ‘winter coat’.

Not this year!

Here are some tips for staying health over the holiday period:

Get outdoors:Get outside and enjoy the warmer weather. Make sure you are sun-smart and keep appropriately hydrated. Exercising in the morning or early evening will give you a dose of vitamin D and some fresh air, without exposing you to the harsh mid-day heat and UV rays. Exercising in the morning can also help ensure better behaviour all day long, according to a study published in the journalMedicine and Science in Sports and Exercise.

Focus on fun, not food:Arrange to meet family and friends at Noriel Park for a game of Ultimate Frisbee instead of sitting indoors around a dinner table.

Watch portion sizes: If you really want a serving of grandma’s pavlova, have it. Just don’t have three, followed by a second serving of roast pork. Simple.

Make the most of your time off:Make a “to do” list. Keep yourself busy, but make sure you schedule in some down time.

Plan your trips:If you’re venturing on a family road trip, have a look at your route before you leave. Schedule stops at a park or truck stop off the highway where the kids or dog can have a run around.

Pack some healthy snacks and enjoy some vitamin D while you stretch your legs. Driver Reviver Australia recommends a 15-minute break every two hours.

Go easy on the grog:Not only does alcohol contain a lot of calories, it breaks down your inhibitions and judgment. If you’re planning on drinking, make sure you arrange a lift home from someone who is not drinking, or pre-book a taxi.

So get outside and enjoy the warmer weather. Make family time more about fun than feasting.

‘Tis the season to be jolly, but no one wants to go back to work next year with a Santa belly.

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