As we get into the holiday season, let us remember…tis the season for giving and not receiving!
This applies to our bodies too! We need to remember that the average American gains 5-10 lbs from October through January! These are pounds that are often not shed back off again…they keep adding up!
I know that it not as easy as it sounds…we are attacked by candy, turkey, casseroles, cookie exchanges, breakfast treats and desserts! For three straight months we are tempted! How do we keep up the fight?
How do we NOT gain the holiday weight?
1. Sign up for an event!
* In the spring, summer and fall there are tons of activities outside and races. I’m the winter, there are less….but there are events.
2. Set goals
* we are more likely to stay on track. If we wake up without a fitness plan, we are not very likely to keep it in our daily schedule.
3. Make an appointment with Fitness
* if it is on our calendar, we will be more likely to complete the fitness task. Make an appointment with YOU.
4. Grab a friend
* hold each other accountable. Plan to go to a class, a run, a power walk together.
5. Don’t give up the war on weight!
* it doesn’t matter if you tried every cookie at the cookie exchange…just adjust the next day. Too many people just accept defeat from the first day of indulgence and give up until January.
We all know that we need to eat healthier, reduce our intake of fast food, reduce our portion sizes and EXERCISE!! There is no magic formula to prevent weight gain. In fact, it is very simple….calories in cannot be greater than calories out! If we indulge, we must balance with exercise.
One additional piece of information that everyone must stick in their heads is that the older we get, the less calories we require, the slower our metabolism gets and the harder we must be in tune with our bodies! Keep checking in the with scale or how your clothes are fitting. If you start noticing a change, than make adjustments to your choices.
Finally, the best way we can prevent the holiday weight gain by focusing moving! Holiday time is about spending TIME with our families. Go throw the football instead of snacking, go for a walk or do the dishes instead of grazing the dessert tray, run a race thanksgiving day morning…the list is endless!
Fight the War on the Holiday Bulge!