Kittle: Balancing fitness with festivities

The goodies in the office, at home or at parties could tempt you to overeat and gain weight.

The Christmas holiday season is filled with delicious and fattening foods.

With all the goodies in the office, at home or at parties, December is filled with opportunities to potentially overeat and gain weight.

Not to mention that with the busyness of shopping, decorating and visiting, we can easily slip out of our normal routines and miss our workouts.

You can stay on track if you plan for pitfalls ahead of time. Keep yourself in control with these tips in mind.

Eat more veggies and soup. Eating a bowl of vegetable or bean soup before a dinner party can help keep you from overeating before the big feast, and can help you eat about 20 per cent less throughout the night.

Plan your meal in your mind before you eat.

Survey the table and plan to stick to leaner meats, vegetables, and fruit for dessert. Avoid mindless eating.

Drink water and limit alcohol. Keep a glass or bottle of water on hand to keep you feeling fuller and your appetite under control. Alcohol is high in calories, so limit yourself to a drink or two, or consider mixing with soda water to cut empty calories.

Move more and prioritize your exercise routine.

Plan workouts with a friend for accountability.

Join a fitness class, as you are more likely to go to a class already on your calendar.

Bring fitness into your living room and plan to play family games that require movement. Games like Guitar Hero, Twister, and Wii Dance, or sports games are better than Monopoly.

Plan family activities such as sledding, skiing, skating and scenic walks on the Greenway.

Nothing makes me happier than helping people achieve their fitness goals and improve their health. Commit to be fit this season and Merry Christmas to everyone.

Bobbi Kittle is a personal trainer and fitness instructor in Kelowna who specializes in working with seniors.


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