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7 Ways to Get back on track after the Diwali Binge

Updated: Dec 7, 2023

Diwali is the most celebrated festival in India and celebrations begin days before. In the recent time, there has been a rise in the Diwali parties and its that time of the year to let lose. Though many of us do stick to our fitness routine, I did my 30K long run and ate wisely, hydrated through the day and kept alcohol intake in moderation, for many people, it can be difficult to stick to their fitness routine after all the festival cheer.

However, it is important to get back on your fitness routine as soon as possible to maintain your health and well-being.

Here are 7 tips to get you back on track after festival season:

Start small If you have been inactive for a while, don't try to go back to your old routine right away. Start with a few basic exercises and work your way up.

1. Get back to your workout routine

Inactive days and weeks can bring down your performance levels. But once you have decided to come back, start slow, indulge in light exercises and stretching. Work on being active through the day than working out for a straight hour in the gym with heavy weights. Opting for a low-intensity workout can help stimulate your muscles and can further prevent the risk of injuries and muscle soreness. Make an effort to build up the routine gradually and this will help you lose weight as well.

2. Avoid alcohol and sugar

After the festivities, maybe it’s a good time to go off alcohol and sugar for a month. The benefits of this healing process for the body include better sleep patterns, more energy, help with weight reduction, no hangovers, improved blood sugar levels, better skin health, and a reduced chance of mental health-related problems. The body will appreciate this healing process.

3. Stay hydrated

Some of the festival weight gain can be attributed to bloating. So, drink plenty of water to help your body get rid of some of the additional sodium and bloat. You may feel fuller after drinking water, which will help you stop overeating. Choose water induced with lemon and fresh mint leaves. Green tea is a good option too.

4. Eat home cooked meals

Now that the festival season is over, try to eat as cleanly as you can by avoiding processed foods for at least the next month. Home meals freshly made is the best. Increase the amount of fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats in your diet, such as those found in nuts, seeds, and omega supplements. Shift to a diet high in fiber. Beans, lentils, fresh fruits like oranges, pears, apples, raw vegetables and salads are wonderful.

5. Lose that excess weight

Shake off the extra weight within a few weeks because this is the best time to reduce the recent weight gain that is just visible on the surface. The sooner you lose that excess weight better. It may become challenging once it settles on you and becomes a permanent part of your weighing scale.

6. Eliminate every unhealthy thing from your kitchen

Many have an overdose of sweets and savories in their kitchen and fridge days after Diwali too. Best way to avoid is to start cleaning up and emptying your kitchen. This will help you avoid overeating and eating unhealthy foods even after the festival season.

7. Get back your sleep

Days leading to Diwali, the late night parties may disrupt your routine along with your sleeping habits. This leads to not getting enough sleep, but now just get back to your routine. Try to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep for better sleep hygiene and to sleep on time. Wake up fresh and kick start the day!

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