With obesity becoming a huge problem even in childhood, it’s high time we made healthy living a family priority. If each member motivates others to keep fit, there will be no chance of a Diwali bulge!
By Luke Coutinho
Festivals are incomplete without food and we all end up eating a lot of it (especially mithais) during celebrations. While festivals like Diwali bring immense joy, your happiness could turn into guilt all too soon if you give your generally calorie-conscious mind a break, throw regular diet regimens out of the window and succumb to gluttony.
Binging on the goodies just turns into those not-so-good extra pounds! But don't worry just yet. There are a lot of simple yet effective ways to help you lose those festival calories post-Diwali.
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After overindulging in festive cuisines high in sugar, salt, and trans fats, it is important that you burn off all those unhealthy calories quickly. But you might not be able to hit the gym or spend time on proper exercising during the festival season. That’s where your family can come to the rescue. Turn exercise into a fun activity which you can enjoy collectively. Half-an-hour to 45 minutes of jogging, brisk walking, playing tennis or badminton or even gardening can help you work off those extra calories. Make fitness fun and a part of your regular routine.
While the fitness drive can be completely voluntary, you should encourage each member of the family to participate. Keep it positive and do not let anyone make fun of another person's efforts or participation. Be a role model — you’ll soon find your children entering into the spirit of the exercise.
Start by calling a family meeting and explaining your goal to everyone. Then decide collectively on a schedule of activities. Create an interactive Family Fitness Page/Log to guide everyone through the programme. Make a timetable of all the activities for the duration of the fitness drive and display it on your fridge or somewhere where everyone can see it easily. Keep a record of all the activities you undertake as a family and set up a rewards scheme for every single achievement.
Over and above planned physical activity, there are simple things all of us can do to stop those extra calories from sticking to us.
Grab every opportunity to walk. Walk to the shops, walk to your relatives’ homes, walk to a get-together with friends, walk about while you talk on the phone.
Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
Do stretching exercises when you’re watching TV.
And don’t forget to eat healthy while you’re in the midst of all this activity!
Remember, healthy families are happy families!
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