As we continue to look at ways to overcome the temptation to overindulge during the holiday season, we turn our attention to the simple ways that you can avoid overdoing it at the dinner table or the company holiday party. Gaining weight during the holidays can derail your training and put you behind when it comes time to prepare for those midwinter competitions or events. In our previous post, we covered ways to make holiday favorites healthier, the importance of alternating water and alcohol to save calories, and how to return to your regular eating pattern more easily. If you're looking for the best classes for adult and kids karate in Raleigh NC, call Gracie. No contracts for kids.
As tempting as it is to skip breakfast and lunch and save your calories for the main meal of the day, eating a small meal in the morning keeps you from feeling overwhelmingly hungry. When people feel excessively hungry, they are unable to exhibit the same kind of self-control that they would if they had eaten a smaller meal a few hours earlier. Opt for lean protein and fiber to help you stay full while you wait for the turkey to finish.
When you're headed to the food line, or the plates are being passed around, skip the temptation to take foods that you can have year round. Instead, opt for holiday treats or favorites that are only served once a year. White meat turkey, plain vegetables, fruits, and whole grains are the best choices.
While you are eating put your fork down and really savor your food. Avoid the temptation of drinks before the meal and choose to have your wine, beer, or cocktail when you eat. Sticking to water while you are away from the table is best.
Get your family moving after the meal. Taking a walk, playing football in the yard, or even cleaning up the kitchen are all great ways to burn off some of those extra calories and get in a little exercise. Strive to maintain your current weight during the holiday season instead of worrying about losing weight. Your extra busy schedule and abundant holiday treats make it challenging to do, but it can be done.
Getting your family moving and staying healthy over the holidays can be tough. Martial arts classes from Gracie Raleigh help keep you focused on your physical health, fight holiday stress, and keep you moving during one of the busiest times of the year.
Fun and Challenging Alternative To Kids Karate in Raleigh!
Have your kids expressed an interest in Raleigh karate for kids? We offer a great alternative with free classes for beginners. Parents are not locked into a contract for their child's martial arts studies. If your child's interests change, it's no problem at Gracie Raleigh. We offer classes for the whole family, including specific classes for women.
Want to learn more about the practice of martial arts or about the types of martial arts that we offer? Come by the gym and speak to one of our friendly and knowledgeable team members and learn how martial arts can help you fight holiday weight gain, build self-confidence, and introduce you to new friends.
For more information on the benefits of martial arts, to see our previous posts on nutrition for fighters, or to learn more about Gracie Raleigh, explore our blog.
We wish you all a safe and happy holiday season!