Fit for the Holidays
Maintaining healthy habits during the busy holiday season is a challenge we should all accept! A study from the National Health Research Institutes in Zhunan, Taiwan confirmed that even short bursts of physical exertion as part of a fitness regimen can lengthen your lifespan by three years. A mere 15 minutes of daily exercise reduces death rates by 14 percent and each additional 15 minutes of activity cuts the rate by another four percent -- for up to 100 minutes a day! This eight-year study was part of a medical screening program and included more than 400,000 people, aged 20 and above. Use these busy times to your health advantage, the health benefits are the best present you could give yourself and your loved ones.
The gift of health will last a lifetime!
Don't Skip Meals. Skipping meals is the road to disaster. Stay on your normal regimen and you'll eat significantly less food -- especially those dangerous holiday treats!
Eat Healthy. If you are hungry, fill up on protein and veggies. Protein increases your metabolism by up to 20% and veggies take more calories to digest than what they contain. Protein and veggies are a dietary dynamic duo that will lessen your desire for cookies and egg nog!
Limit Alcohol Consumption. Excess alcohol just contributes too much to fat gain.
Drink Water. Make sure that your water intake is adequate. You'll stay hydrated and water gives you a sense of fullness so you will eat less.
Put the Holiday Treats Away. It's easier to resist those treats when when you can't see them. Bring the goodies out for company and away in the cupboard otherwise!
Turn Off the TV. Take a walk around the neighborhood and enjoy the holiday decorations! Have a snowball fight with the kids!
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