Health Thanksgiving Tips from Kira Bishop, Fitness Coordinator at our ASYMCA Family Center in Copperas Cove.
Thanksgiving is next week, signifying the beginning of the holiday season. This means we are about to be surrounded by temptations, and remembering to make smart, healthy choices when it comes to food can pose a challenge.
Follow a few healthy tips, however, and you can still enjoy your favorite holiday treats without the extra calorie guilt.
Don’t go hungry. Do not show up to Thanksgiving dinner starving, ready to eat everything in sight. We tend to eat faster and more when we are hungry, so make sure you don’t skip a healthy breakfast and lunch just to end up overeating during dinner.
Practice portion control. Enjoy your favorite Thanksgiving dish, but take a smaller portion. Choose only the foods you really want and keep your portions moderate.
Don’t go back for seconds. Be mindful and make only one trip to the buffet table. Take a look at all of your options before making your final food choices, and make sure all the calories you consume are worth it. Then remember to eat slowly and chew your food well.
Exercise. Keep up with your exercise routine. If your gym is closed on Thanksgiving, think of another way to get your exercise in on the big day. Go for an early morning jog, or do a circuit routine of body-weight movements. This is also a great time to start a new family tradition. After eating do not just move from the table to the couch. Do something active as a family. Play a game of bocce ball in the yard or go for a post-meal walk together.
The best thing to remember during the holidays is to eat less and exercise more. This is the only way to truly prevent gaining extra weight during the holiday season. Most importantly though, have a great time with family and friends making it an enjoyable, healthy holiday!