A Europe'Active' Christmas Break

EuropeActive, wishing you a joyful Christmas break, proposes you few tips for enjoying holidays and stay fit at the same time.

1. Eat Before Heading Out

By doing so, you will no longer be tempted to eat a lot or overindulge yourself since you have already eaten. Skipping on meals is not a good idea either, because you will only be forced to eat more later.

2. Select The Treats

Surely, there is no need to restrict or deprive yourself during the Christmas period, but balance and maintenance is equally important. You should choose something that you can only enjoy during the holiday season and not something that is readily available all the time.

4. Drink With Moderation

It is best to regulate your drinking since alcohol, coke or other juices will only add more calories to the ones you already eaten!

5. Be Active

You should still perform your fitness routine whenever possible and if you can’t do that, simply walk more, park your car some distance away from the store or just use the stairs!

6. Get Out Of The House

Even a snowball fight in the backyard will burn a lot of calories and will keep the children entertained.

7. Don’t Skip Your Strength Workouts

… with all of those extra stakes you had on the holiday meals, you might even gain some extra muscle. And this is much better than gaining some extra fat.

8. Set Realistic Goals

You should set realistic exercise objectives. Aim for at least half an hour per day and you will be very happy when you will achieve that.

10. Drink A Lot Of Water

This can satiate your appetite as well as keep you hydrated at all times. And it will also prevent a possible hangover if you overdo it with alcohol.

11. Eat Less And More Often

Distribute your meals evenly throughout the day, and do not eat everything at once.  Instead of having 2 enormous meals, have 5 small ones.

12. Prioritize Your Workouts

Try to do them early in the morning while everyone else is still sleeping. This way you will also avoid remarks like “Oh, come on! It’s Christmas…”

Finally do not forget about your children

buy them Christmas presents that might encourage their physical activity. “Active toys” have a range of important health and lifestyle benefits. Toys such as balls, jump ropes, hula hoops, bikes, push/pull toys and other games that require physical commitment are now being proved to be necessary for children’s development. A trampoline is also a great way to introduce cardio into your child's play. The use of equipment such as a trampoline, is an amazing way to get exercise while staying safe at the same time.