Don’t Drink Your Calories
Just like food, beverages may contain hidden calories, especially your favorite holiday drinks. The calories in beverages add up quickly and may be causing you to gain weight. By making a few changes to your beverage choices, you could be healthier this holiday season.
You don’t have to entirely give up your favorite beverage in order to cut back on the calories you’re consuming. Here are some tips on how to cut back without cutting something out of your diet completely:
- Request that your coffee drink be made with low-fat or skim milk instead of whole.
- Order the smallest size available, even if it’s a child’s size.
- Skip extra flavorings (vanilla, hazelnut or caramel)—they are sugar-sweetened and will add calories.
- Say no to whipped cream on top as it adds calories and fat.
- Ask for your smoothie without sugar added—the fruit is naturally sweet.
Whether you’re in full-out hibernation mode or stressed-out and busy from the holidays, your exercise routine might be one of the first casualties of the season. Whatever your reason, use some of the following tips to get moving this winter.
The holidays are busy, and winter brings fewer daylight hours and colder temperatures. Try mixing up your routine by doing new workouts, experimenting with winter sports, or working out with a friend or family member.
If you’re busy with holiday preparation and parties, sometimes you need a quick, unscheduled workout idea. Jumping rope for a few minutes, or even incorporating bodyweight exercises like walking lunges or squats into your daily routine can help you stay on track.
Cold weather and busy holidays don’t have to be an insurmountable obstacle for fitting in a workout. If you keep exercising during the holiday season, you’ll feel better, stay healthier and be able to justify that extra dessert.
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