Turkey, ham, cornbread dressing and sweet potato pie are just some of the decadent dishes we will voraciously devour this week at the Thanksgiving dinner table. For many Americans, the post-dinner ritual will consist of plopping down in a comfortable seat and gluing themselves to the television in anticipation of a competitive NFL game. If you want to balance enjoying the plethora of good eats and football games with maintaining good health and your healthy lifestyle, here are some suggestions that will help you do it.
Be proactive. It is never too late to start eating right and exercising regularly. The holiday season consists of three big eating and game days: Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve. These three days and some additional splurges with parties, gatherings and break room snacks at work don’t have to set you back. If you get in four days of exercise each week that incorporate total body movements such as squat thrusters, inverted rows and bear crawls, you will more than likely not undo your hard work.
Additionally, with all of the sugar, carbohydrates and extra calories we will consume during the holidays it is important to move more to regulate blood sugar levels. Statistics show that diabetes and pre-diabetes are a real concern for more than 130 million Americans. So, take a 15-minute brisk walk 30 minutes after your meal, stand and walk around during commercial breaks and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and help curb your appetite. These preventative measures will not only keep your body strong, but will also give you a boost of energy to cheer your favorite team on to victory.
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Happy & healthy holidays!
Dr. Ivan Hernandez aka Dr.Ivan, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, FMS
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