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Okay, We’re Listening 鈥 There Is A Way To Counteract “Short-Term Overeating”, Says Study
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Okay, We’re Listening 鈥 There Is A Way To Counteract “Short-Term Overeating”, Says Study 

We all know that it鈥檚 hard enough to exercise and be active during the year, but there鈥檚 something about the festive season that makes it that much harder to remain consistent or even to exercise at all. Even though we鈥檝e got a lot more free time during this merry season, for some reason exercise becomes less of a priority.

But the festive season is a time of overindulgence, and staying active is the best way to try and mitigate the extra calories consumed 鈥 think braais, family lunches, eating out and binge drinking.

According to one study published in the Journal of Physiology, just 45 minutes of daily physical activity can counteract the effects of what the study refers to as ‘short-term overeating’ and ‘under-activity’ (read: festive season).

READ MORE: 5 Healthy Summer Tips To Keep A Real Wholesome Balance Over The Holidays

鈥淓xercise seemed to completely cancel out any of the changes induced by overfeeding and reduced activity,鈥 senior author of the study Prof. Dylan Thompson said in a statement.

Personal trainer and sports massage therapist Mandla Nhleko (@365functionaltraining) says that holiday exercise shouldn鈥檛 feel like a chore, especially if you鈥檙e realistic in the expectations you have for yourself.

鈥淵ou don鈥檛 have to be a gym freak on your downtime,鈥 he says. 鈥淎ll you have to do is find what will work for you, depending on where you鈥檒l be and what you鈥檒l be doing, and stick to that.鈥

Here are some tips and strategies to help you keep moving:

Always have your training gear

Packing for the holidays can be tricky. You want to bring everything with you, but you know you can鈥檛 because of luggage restrictions, or simply not having enough space in your suitcase. When it’s time to make a decision, your gym gear (especially your training shoes) tend to get thrown in the 鈥淚鈥檓 leaving you behind鈥 pile.

鈥淧rioritise your exercise gear when packing 鈥 even if it’s just making sure you have your trainers with you,鈥 Nhleko advises. 鈥淚f you don鈥檛 have your trainers, the chances of you even attempting any form of exercise is unlikely and you don鈥檛 want to put yourself in a position where you don鈥檛 even have the option.鈥

Don鈥檛 overcomplicate things

Just because it鈥檚 the holiday season and you know you won鈥檛 be as disciplined as you usually are, doesn鈥檛 mean you must be extremely strict with yourself.

鈥淚f you usually have a vigorous exercise schedule during the year, you don鈥檛 have to maintain the same standard when on holiday,鈥 he says. 鈥淔ind a balance that works for you. Trying too hard to be 鈥榞ood鈥 could become a demotivating factor. What matters is staying active, and how you decide to do this is enough.鈥

The gym is not the be-all and end-all

You might be travelling somewhere where you won鈥檛 have access to the gym, but this shouldn鈥檛 be a deterring factor.

鈥淵ou can do bodyweight exercises anywhere 鈥 so not having access to an exercise facility should never be used as an excuse,鈥 Nhleko says. 鈥淚f you鈥檙e unfamiliar with what exercises you can do at home, there are tons of videos online, apps and websites that can help get you started.鈥

He adds that if you don鈥檛 want to spend too much time working out, then keep your focus on HIIT (high-intensity interval training) workouts that you can knock out in 20 to 30 minutes and keep it moving.

You can also find a variety of home-workouts you can do on our website here.

Join community activities

Before leaving for your holiday, or even if you鈥檙e staying home, go online and look for any 鈥榓ctive-type鈥 activities that are happening in the area you鈥檒l be in.

鈥淭his is not only a great way of connecting with new people, but it鈥檚 also a fun way of getting some exercise in without feeling like you鈥檙e exercising,鈥 Nhleko says.

鈥淟ook for fun runs, hiking, rock climbing or any community sports matches you can join.鈥

This is a great way to get your family active as well.

Keep to some sort of set schedule

Instead of planning to exercise haphazardly or when you feel like it, try to schedule your workouts for the same time every day.

鈥淭here鈥檚 a lot of spontaneity in the festive season and you never really know what the next day has in store for you,鈥 he says. 鈥淭his is why you should always aim to exercise as early as you can in the morning so you can continue freely with your day, and when anything comes up 鈥 you鈥檝e already got your workout in.鈥

Exercising at the same time every day will also help you get into the rhythm of things.

Everything in moderation (but don鈥檛 starve yourself)

Nhleko says that at the end of the day you鈥檝e been working hard throughout the year, so there鈥檚 nothing wrong with letting go a little, having fun and enjoying some hearty meals during this time.

鈥淭he key is really in approaching everything with a moderation mindset,鈥 he says. 鈥淵ou don鈥檛 have to skip out on every good meal because of 鈥榙iscipline鈥 鈥 it is the holiday season after all 鈥 so it鈥檚 good to treat yourself now and again. But just make sure to do it all in moderation. Please indulge, but don鈥檛 overindulge.鈥

Travel with a skipping rope

If you feel like you know yourself and exercise will not be on your radar at all, then Nhleko suggests that you just take your skipping rope along.

鈥淭en minutes of skipping a day can do wonders for you,鈥 he says. 鈥渋f you won鈥檛 be doing anything else, just keep your skipping rope close by when you go to bed and let it be the first thing you grab in the morning. Put on some good music, and just skip for 10 minutes.鈥

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