Shopping, pageants, parties, family gatherings, and food, food, food are all good things. The holiday season is filled with good things, making it the holly-est, jolly-est time of year.
And it’s easy to get caught up in the tinsel, lights, eggnog, and chocolate and forget about workouts and exercise shoes. This forgetfulness is why people gain an average of one pound (overweight folks increase even more) during the winter holiday months.
You may not think a pound is that big of a deal but pack them on year after year and they add up. While a pound is just the average, who wants to be average?
Beat the statistics and avoid holiday weight gain by fitting in exercise this year. Here’s how.
A New Tradition
Along with stockings, trees, and carols, why not create new family traditions that include exercise? After your big family meals, plan to take a walk, go on a hike, or ride bikes together to burn off the extra calories.
Spending time outdoors beats sitting around on the couch, and you won’t regret it.
Shed the Stress
In case you’ve not heard, stress can be a significant contributing factor to overeating. For many, the holidays can bring on all sorts of pressure.
The good news is that you don’t have to hang onto that stress and use it as an excuse to overeat. When going into a situation that you anticipate will be stressful, gear up beforehand with a run or quick trip to the gym.
The good vibes coursing through your veins afterward should help ward off negative stress and help you make better dinnertime decisions.
Lose Your Tunnel Vision
Ideally, you can get in for a workout two to three times each week, even a few extra days of cardio on your own. However, the holidays often make this impossible.
Not only are you on the road part of the time, but you also have parties to prepare for and presents to wrap. Don’t let this cause you to fall into complacency. Wherever you are, you’re able to exercise.
Remember: jumping jacks, push-ups, planks, lunges and brisk inclined walking or steps requires no special equipment. Just effort.
In today’s world, many people prefer to sit in their pajamas and do all their holiday shopping online. Don’t be one of them.
Appealing as it may be to shop online, you can burn off a few more calories if you’re willing to buy at stores. Sure, there will be loonies out who are willing to do whatever it takes to get the last toy or sweater available, but shopping at actual stores forces you to walk and get rid of calories while you’re doing one of your favorite things.
Across the world, the holidays are a picture of fun and relaxation. While they should be both, that doesn’t mean you should sit around doing nothing.
No matter where you’re spending your holidays, someone still has to work to make sure everything goes off as planned. Have family come over? Better grab a broom and sweep the sidewalk and driveway.
Is your mom cooking up her famous recipes in the kitchen? Get in there and help by setting the table and cleaning the dishes! It’ll give you a chance to burn a handful of calories while spending quality time with your loved ones. After all, that’s what makes these days so holly jolly.