holiday season is undoubtedly a time for rejoicing. Unfortunately, the
average adult does a little too much celebrating during this time of year, which leads to
extra baggage when the New Year rings in. Festivities that include indulging in extra
helpings, snacking on seasonal treats, and little to no workout time all contribute to the
increase in dieters in January.
So, this holiday season buck the trends and avoid the Seasonal Seven
(the average weight most of us will gain between Thanksgiving and the New Year). That's
one trend you don't want to participate in!
Even though this time of year may bring upon additional stresses and
challenges, there are ways to find balance and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Though at
times it may seem impossible to bypass the season's traditional foods, there are many ways
to partake in the fun without increasing your pant size. The festivities don't have to be
eliminated or avoided. You can have a fabulous time while also maintaining your weight and
your fitness regimen.
Moderation is the word of the season. It's the secret to achieving a
fun but also healthy holiday time. With a moderate approach both to what you eat (or don't
eat) and how much exercise you do (or don't do), you can avoid packing on weight AND also
partake in all the fun of this time of year. So this season, get a head start on the New
Year instead of starting January with extra pounds to lose.
Here are some tips to help you during those hectic holiday weeks:
- Before the holidays sneak up on you,
create a plan for incorporating fitness and good nutrition into your daily routine.
Evaluate your holiday schedule and then determine how much time you will realistically
have available to devote to working out.
Create a plan ahead of time.
- be prepared for the deluge of
guilty treats your co-workers and other business associates will graciously want to share.
Stash your own healthy snacks in your desk so you won't be tempted to overindulge when
your grumbling stomach demands a 3:00 snack time.
If you work in an office setting
- until the New Year. If you
can't exercise as often during this time period as you normally do, adjust appropriately.
Don't use the excuse that since you don't have time for your full workout you just won't
workout at all. Instead accept your limited availability and simply reduce the frequency
and/or duration of your exercise. It's much better to cut your fitness time in half than
to completely eliminate it.
Don't put your fitness goals on hold
- , try to eat ahead of time to
lessen your hunger. If the party is in the evening, eat breakfast, lunch and a snack
before hand (just as you would on any other day). Since you have eaten meals earlier in
the day, you'll be less tempted to go overboard and eat everything in sight. However, if
you instead starve all day long attempting to "save up" all your calories for
the party, you will be so famished by the time it begins that it will be difficult not to
When attending a holiday function
- Mark them on the calendar and set-aside
time to complete them. Consider them as important as any other appointment or event you
have marked on your calendar.
Schedule your workouts.
- , skip the gravy, dressings, and high-calorie
At holiday dinners
- or simply do not have
time for your complete exercise routine, commit to do just 10 minutes of exercise. You'll
probably end up doing more than that once you get started. Even if you only end up
completing 10 minutes, that is still a lot better than zero minutes.
On days that you really lack motivation
- , scout out healthy food options rather than doing
a grab and run on all the unhealthy selections. For example, vegetable sticks (without
dip), fruit pieces, plain chicken pieces, etc. Then move on to some of the less healthy
(but yummy) offerings. You will be less likely to overindulge on these foods if you have
already filled-up on some of the healthier items. Yet, you will not feel deprived or
When at a party
- . You'll be more inclined to follow-through on
your exercise commitment if you don't have to drive somewhere to do your workout. Plus,
you won't waste any time on driving, parking, the locker room or waiting to use equipment.
Working out at home requires very little equipment (it even can be equipment-free) and is
Exercise at home