It is important to take care of one’s physical condition and lifestyle especially during the holiday season to avoid unexpected health problems before the end of this year. It is more realistic to maintain weight than lose a pound or more in December, so you can enjoy the season without giving up too much foods or exercising too much. However, you still need to exert effort when it comes to planning, moving more, and taking control of your eating to successfully maintain your weight.

Know your numbers and strategize.
It’s good to know your current weight as early as now so you know what body weight and/or fat percentage to maintain. If you are motivated to control your weight, you won’t be hesitant to check your weight at least once a week so you can have a more solid game plan for the coming weeks.

Move.
You might be doing lesser formal exercise sessions during the holidays because of your new schedule and you might be away from your usual environment, but there’s no excuse when it comes to keeping yourself active throughout the day. Walking and body weight exercises such as squats, planks, and push-ups can always be done anytime, anywhere. Use fitness gadgets to make sure you are not moving less than your normal days if you are really serious in maintaining your weight.

Prioritize rest.
Nourish your body with 7 to 8 hours of sleep to have a stress-resistant mind and body, important in combating fat gain, cravings, weakness, and sickness. Having a strong immune system by getting enough rest will prepare your body to do more quality physical activities the next day.

Let go of unhealthy foods you don’t need.
You can have a taste of delectable holiday foods in the next few days until Media Noche just to satisfy your curiosity and some cravings. But, set limitations and be in control of your eating. Be firm and strong when it comes to avoiding high-calorie and unhealthy food your body doesn’t really need such as sweets, alcohol, junk foods, flavoured drinks, deep-fried, and processed foods.

Modify your mindset.
Tell yourself that you are preparing your body to make gradual lifestyle changes next year, that’s why you’re training yourself to be in control of your body during a challenging life event, such as the holidays. It has been a common attitude for most people to procrastinate and just wait for January to lose more weight. This often leads to drastic weight loss solutions such as resorting to unsafe quick fix diets and intense exercise sessions that will just lead to health issues, which can worsen weight problems.

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Mitch has been in the health and fitness industry for 17 years. She is a Licensed Physical Therapist and holds a masters degree in psychology from Ateneo de Manila University focusing on lifestyle and weight management. She is a certified personal trainer with the American Council on Exercise, health coach and group fitness instructor. She is a fully certified Pilates instructor in B and B studio and an Indoor Cycling Instructor at Electric Studio. She is also certified in PIYO (Pilates-Yoga), Piloxing, Zumba and Schwinn Indoor Cycling. website: http://positivebody.ph