STAYING HEALTHY DURING THE HOLIDAYS

By Su

As the holiday season approaches, people tend to eat more and consume more calories than they actually burn during the course of the day. This can bring about very detrimental health impacts. All the work you have done in the weeks and months prior to the holiday season could be wasted if you do not try and at least maintain your fitness levels.

One of the biggest issues with the holiday break is overeating. Usually during the holidays events or gatherings are centered around food consumption with an unlimited supply of food for people to choose from. Because of this people will sometimes feel too tired to go to the gym or be physically active so now they are compounding the problem. A recent study in the UK showed that people who engaged in a short period of overeating and reduced physical activity led to very profound negative changes in a variety of physiological systems. That same study also showed that a daily bout of exercise during the overeating period stopped most of those negative changes from taking place.
Another trick to try and remember when it comes to eating is you never want to eat to be full but rather eat to be satisfied. I am sure most of you have had a point where you thought, ‘Wow I am stuffed, I can’t eat another bite’. This will lead to a period of being very tired and lethargic and I am sure most of you feel like taking a nap or going to sleep at this point.
I am definitely not saying to not enjoy the holidays and the various events / gatherings that take place, but don’t forget about all the time and hard work you put into getting your body into shape, it would be a shame to throw it all or even some of it away during this festive season! Happy Holidays from all of us here at Thanyapura!

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