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Make health a priority this holiday season

Monday, December 17, 2012

During the busy holiday season, making healthy choices can often be the last thing on your mind. While it is easy to overeat and skip out on exercise this time of year, there are several simple tricks everyone can use to stay healthy and ward off extra weight during the holidays.

Portion control is key. Mindless grazing, increased snacking, and splurging on unhealthy treats seem almost inevitable this time of year. To keep your weight in check, start the day off with a nutritious breakfast like fruit or oatmeal. This will set a healthy tone for your day and decrease the likelihood of overeating later. During meals, start with smaller portions and eat slowly so you have a better idea when you are satisfied. Be sure to fill up on fiber such as fruits, veggies and other healthy options in addition to drinking lots of water.

Keep moving. Holidays seem like an ideal time to kick back and abandon a regular exercise routine, but it doesn't have to be that way. Most adults need 30 minutes of moderate physical activity five days a week, so it is important to find an activity that works for your age, schedule and interests. Remaining active will increase your energy, ward off excess weight, and keep your health on track.

Portion control is key. Mindless grazing, increased snacking, and splurging on unhealthy treats seem almost inevitable this time of year. To keep your weight in check, start the day off with a nutritious breakfast like fruit or oatmeal. This will set a healthy tone for your day and decrease the likelihood of overeating later. During meals, start with smaller portions and eat slowly so you have a better idea when you are satisfied. Be sure to fill up on fiber such as fruits, veggies and other healthy options.

Keep moving. Holidays seem like an ideal time to kick back and abandon a regular exercise routine, but it doesn't have to be that way. Most adults need 30 minutes of moderate physical activity five days a week, so it is important to find an activity that works for your age, schedule and interests. If you're too busy for the gym this time of year, try taking the dog for a daily walk, building a snowman with your family, hitting the dance floor at holiday parties, or an indoor activity if it is too cold outside. Remaining active will increase your energy, ward off excess weight, and keep your health on track.

Stay hydrated. Make a point to drink plenty of water throughout the day. Doing so will keep your energy up for shopping trips, decrease the likelihood of snacking between meals, and ward off overeating while at the table. Staying hydrated also means drinking less alcohol. Consumed in excess, alcohol is bad for your health and contains many empty calories. Be safe and healthy by trying nonalcoholic beverages, setting personal limits, or resisting the temptation to drink.

By following these simple tips, it is more than possible to enjoy a happy and healthy holiday season. Take time this year to make your health a priority. Even the smallest efforts add up to make a difference when the New Year rolls around.

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