As if the onslaught of jingle bells and colorful lights in television commercials wasn’t enough of an indication, here we are. The holidays are upon us.
Without fail, millions of Americans approach the annual holiday season hoping they won’t gain weight. And each year, millions of Americans inevitably gain the very weight they hope to avoid. Trimming the fat never seemed so appropriate.
Parties, gatherings, and family get together feature irresistible food and drink. And yet, many folks find themselves in the all-too-predictable cycle of dieting when the calendar flips to January. Well, weight gain doesn’t have to define your holiday season.
As proof, we have five reasonable tips to help govern the coming weeks. Yes, following the tips will require some discipline. But, hey, you’re up for the challenge, right?
1. Counter the calories
Let’s face it. The likelihood that you’ll consume fewer calories during the holidays, is just, well, insane. So, devise a regimen of exercise to counter the anticipated increase in calories. Hint, hint: we’ve got some pretty good ideas.
2. Take the stairs
Do you typically take the elevator to your office? Take the stairs instead. Now, if you have 80 floors to hike, that may be a bit much, but determine an acceptable number of flights to ascend and then stick to it.
You may have to arrive 5-10 minutes earlier, but your waistline will be glad you did. No stairs? Park further away than usual and walk. Your lunch break can be a great time to stretch your legs and remain active as well.
3. Up your jog game
Put some extra time into those sneakers! They aren’t just for looks, after all. Hey, maybe you’ll get a new pair as a gift! If you already run, be sure to keep doing so.
Maybe add an extra mile or two. If you aren’t the running type, a light jog or brisk walk will do. Too cold outside? Find a treadmill to use at a gym or, better yet, get one of your own.
4. Play like a kid!
Holiday breaks allow children more free time than usual. With no homework, and friends, cousins, or other relatives around, they wanna play! So, join the fun.
If there’s snow on the ground – go sledding, build a snowman, or have a snowball fight. No snow? No problem. Grab a soccer ball, basketball, or football. And have a great time. You’ll be their favorite aunt, uncle, or grandparent in no time.
5. Watch the meaty middle
Sit ups, crunches, and other general ab exercises aren’t all that easy. But they can make a huge difference! From the quick and strenuous – search “eight minute abs” on Youtube – to the more moderate – a predetermined number of crunches or half sit-ups each day, keeping your core in check will make your January much more manageable.
Remember, you don’t have to completely avoid holiday party spreads to be guilt-free. With a plan in place and some determination, future articles with advice on preparing your spring/summer beach body may not even apply to you!