Wednesday, December 8, 2010

How to keep up good fitness and nutrition habits.

December is here, and the holidays are in full swing. During this busy time of year, nutrition and fitness routines often are the first things to go. Avoid the dreaded weight gain and stay happy, healthy and fit with tips from

Become a healthy grazer. Severely restricting calories or skipping meals can dampen your mood, increase your appetite and ultimately lead to weight gain. Eating smaller, balanced meals and snacks at regular intervals throughout the day can enhance your blood sugar and energy level while preventing excessive hunger.

Manage your stress. If your food cravings increase along with your stress load, seek alternate means of comfort and relief. This might mean going for a walk, practicing yoga, having coffee with a friend, getting weekly massages or taking a warm bubble bath.

Stay active. If you find treadmills and sweaty gyms unappealing, fear not. You can make fitness fun by finding daily activities that engage your body, mind and soul. You'll be more likely to stick with activities you find enjoyable. Walk your dog. Build a snowman. Find a new hiking trail in your neighborhood.

Get some rest. Sleeping too little is directly related to how much you eat and exercise, according to the National Sleep Foundation. Aim for seven to nine hours of sleep nightly. Your bedroom should be dark and comfortable, and your caffeine intake should not carry on into the evening.

Create a survival kit. Carry a bottle of water and healthy snacks such as nuts or high-protein, low-carb bars. You'll be prepared with healthful alternatives when hunger strikes, and you'll also be creating a habit of mindfulness that can last all through the year.


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