I call this a Cossack Stretch. What do you guys call it?
How To Stay Healthy This Time Of Year via Athleta Chi Blog
- Make healthier versions of your favorite holiday dishes: This will give you the option of eating at least one healthy item while you’re at a party. It will also give you the opportunity to share a real food holiday dish with friends and family, showing them healthy food can be delicious!
- Drink a green drink every day: This will give you an energy boost and will remind you that your health comes first. Follow this up with a nutritious meal too, so that you keep your hunger in check!
- Keep moving and stay active: Jumpstart your metabolism each day by going to the gym or enjoying a long walk with a family member you haven’t seen in awhile. I always love attending fitness classes on holidays because it can be hard to motivate myself, so it helps to have an instructor or trainer cheering me on. Sweating it out will improve your mood, boost your metabolism and keep you from snacking on goodies all day.
- Eat a little something before you go to a party: You don’t want to show up ravenous because then you’ll eat everything in sight! Eat a good source of organic, healthy protein and fat (such as avocado or raw nuts) to help sustain you for a few hours. This way you can still enjoy your favorite foods at the party, but won’t be so hungry that you go overboard. (This strategy also saves me when the food that’s served isn’t something that interests my appetite.)
- Focus on your friends and family: Remember what’s really important and enjoy spending time with your loved ones. I love socializing at parties, rather than eating.
- Chill out. If you’re feeling super stressed out, your cortisol levels can skyrocket, causing your body to hold onto weight (particularly in the waist). Fat accumulates near the stomach because the cells in the stomach are more sensitive to cortisol, and very effective at storing energy. Do some yoga, meditation, or take a long walk either before or after a meal.