As Labor Day approaches, we’re faced again with a holiday of social festivities – barbecues, football and fun in the sun. You certainly deserve to spend time with friends and family. But since you work hard year-round to eat healthy and exercise regularly, don’t sacrifice all of that in one day of indulgence. Even though you may be excused from the office, you’ll have no excuse not to keep up the good (fitness) work with these healthy tips.
Don’t talk with your mouth full. Your mother was right about this – in more ways than one. Not only is it rude and unsightly, talking with your mouth full can set you up for overeating at your Labor Day barbecue. Distracted eaters tend to eat more than they realize. So, be careful of getting caught up in a conversation over the chips and dip bowl. Instead, eat from a pre-portioned plate and focus on enjoying every bite.
Be a picky eater. Okay, so Mom may not appreciate this one, but there’s an exception to every rule, right? Be smart at the party and pick from the vegetable tray with some low-fat dressing (volunteer to bring the tray for a guaranteed healthy option). And while everyone is biting into those greasy burgers, stick to grilled chicken. If you can’t live without a burger, bring your own turkey or veggie version. You – and your mom – will be proud you made the right picks.
Rise and shine. Before the festivities get underway, get your workout over and done with. You may have to wake up early, but, remember, you have the rest of the day to relax (nap if you need to). If you snooze through the alarm, don’t worry. Taking a short jog around the neighborhood or playing touch football with the kids in the backyard are all great ways to fit in some fitness.
However you spend your Labor Day weekend, keep up the good work by making smart food and fitness choices!
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