Why Put off Feeling Good? 4 Tips to Feel Less Guilty This Festive Season

It’s the time of the year - celebrating with family and friends over steamboat and Chinese New Year goodies. After all the feasting, some of us might return to work feeling a little guilty over our CNY treats. Fret not, here’s some simple tips on how to get back in shape when you return to work post-CNY!

1. Eat lighter meals

After all the CNY meals you have indulge  in, it is essential you return to a balanced diet with nutrients and minerals. When you are healthy, you are able to concentrate better and be more productive at work. Most CNY goodies pack a caloric punch (as seen in the chart below).

This chart was originally published in Her World February 2013

This chart was originally published in Her World February 2013

After returning to work, it is advisable to consume food with less oil, salt and sugar.

  • Opt for steamed or boiled food instead of fried ones to cut down on oil.
  • Consume less sauces like soy sauce, or go for a "reduced salt" version.
  • Ask for no sugar in your drinks to get a taste of the beverage in its natural state.

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2. Suggest walking meetings

Avoid sitting for prolonged periods of time after the festive period as this can slow down your metabolism and make it easier to gain weight. Walking meetings allow you to be active while still getting your work done. Besides the impact on health, walking meetings also increase productivity, boost creativity and strengthen relationships between colleagues.

While it may not be appropriate for formal meetings to be turned into a walking meeting, casual office catch-up meetings are ideal. Try turning your usual meeting into a walking meeting, especially after sitting in the office for a long period of time. If the weather permits, taking a walk in an outdoor park could be a good form of exercise and give you the inspiration that you need. If not, you can consider holding your walking meeting in a sheltered location, like a shopping center or an indoor garden.

3. Work off the calories

Aside from walking meetings, do not neglect your workout regime completely during the festive season. A pre-visiting morning workout of 20 minutes (e.g. 1 set Tabata routine + 10 min burpees + 5 min push-ups) will burn almost 200 calories. This better balances out your calories intake and calories burnt. Here are some simple exercises you can do in the next few days.

Picture credits: TMDsports.com

Picture credits: TMDsports.com

4. Go for regular health screenings

Not only relevant during the Chinese New Year, it is advisable to go for health screenings on a regular basis. There are countless advantages of doing so, for instance, health problems can be detected early before they develop into major illnesses. As an individual, health screenings can tell you how healthy you are and what you can do to stay physically well. You can expect to fall sick less often and be in a better condition for both your work and private life. As for businesses, they can experience a dip in sickness absenteeism and turnover rates, an increase in productivity and employee satisfaction and a boost in company morale.

These are just some of the many ways you can stay healthy at work after returning from the festive season. Since everyone is unique, what works for one may not work for another. Try out a few initiatives and see what fits, or be creative and come up with a fresh new idea. Old habits die hard, and you may not see results immediately. On the flip side, once your habits develop, it is more likely to stick.

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