6 Tips To Help You Stay In Shape During The Holidays

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Starting on Thanksgiving, a lot of us find our exercise regimen falling by the wayside. “Another slice of pecan pie won’t hurt” can quickly snowball—and by January 2, we find ourselves terribly out of shape. Here are a few  tips to help you lessen the effects of the Holidays on your physical fitness.

Walk The Mall

With so much shopping to do, there is no time for exercise, Right? Wrong! Simply put on a comfortable pair of shoes or sneakers and power walk for at least 5 minutes between different stores while shopping at the mall. And if you are carrying packages, great! Just pretend you are doing resistance training and cardio at the same time. Oh, by the way, you can do a little window shopping as you walk.

Invite A family Member Or friend To Workout With You

Enlist a fitness-minded friend or family member to be your holiday exercise buddy at the gym. Most gyms allow you to bring one or two guests. Take terms doing sets of different exercises. Burns more calories by increasing the intensity as you carry out your exercises.

Keep It Moving

Try to avoid sitting for prolonged periods of time, such as when watching tv or working at the computer. Remember that too much sitting burn very few calories, and is also hazardous to your health. Research shows that getting up for just five minutes every 30 to 60 minutes and performing light activity like pacing around the house or performing simple squat, weight-lifting, or push-up exercises reduces the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.

Another way to keep it moving is to put on some music with a good beat, and dance or do the two-step as you clean the house, cook, or whatever.

Exercise Early And Get Enough Sleep

I recommend making sure workouts are early in the morning so you don’t get distracted later in the day by chores, parties or other holiday activities. I also recommend getting sufficient sleep so that you will have the energy to carry out your daily functions.

Eat Less Before The Big Day

If you are trying to lose weight or not gain weight, a few days prior to a family gathering when you know there will be plenty of food, lower your calorie intake. The day of the family gathering, eat until you’re satisfied.

Eating on a schedule like this can work to your fat-burning advantage. Giving your body extra calories after it’s been in a deficit for a while can turn up your metabolism and jump-start your progress. Just be careful that you eat til you’re filled a daily binge.

Drink Lots Of Water Daily

Many times, we eat when we are actually dehydrated and thirsty. Before you try your favorite holiday goodies, drink a glass or two of water. It will softens your cravings and help you  eat less.

Remember that the Holidays really boil down to only one or two special days. So, you don’t have to change your whole lifestyle during this time of year. Hence, try to stick to your regular schedule as much as possible.

Happy Holidays to everyone!

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