Maintain Don’t Gain During the Holidays

Maintain Don’t Gain During the Holidays

Maintain Don’t Gain During the Holidays

The holidays don’t have to set you back 10 pounds this year. With a few very doable tips, you can enjoy some holiday cheer without increasing your rear.

“I have so much to do; I don’t have time to workout!”

MAKE YOUR WORKOUTS SHORTER

It is easy to get overwhelmed around the holidays and workouts are usually the first things to go. My solution: shorten your workout. Set a timer for 5 minutes. If you have to stop after the 5 minutes well, it is certainly better than nothing. But that 5 minutes might just give you the motivation to keep going.

Try one of these workouts:

5 Minute Rule Workout 

5 Minute Workout

5x5x5 Beginner Workout

5x5x5 Advanced Workout

I have many more. Watch for my 12 Days of HIIT-MAS Challenge coming soon!

DON’T SKIP MEALS

If you think skipping meals in order to save up calories for the goodies at your office Christmas party is a good idea, think again. You start restricting calories and your metabolism begins to adapt to doing more with less. Your body stores what you eat, thinking it isn’t going to get enough energy and THAT is how you gain weight.  A holiday party isn’t going to set you back that badly. My solution: Eat regular balanced meals and you won’t over-indulge. And if you do, if you are generally eating healthy meals within an appropriate quantity for your activity level, you won’t see the scale move.

FILL ‘er UP AND WALK AWAY

When faced with a holiday feast, don’t graze. My solution: Fill your plate at the buffet table and then walk away. I won’t forbid you from trying some of those tasty treats. But you will do a lot less damage on your waistline by filling your plate once rather than grazing all night long. 

Believe it or not, THE HOLIDAY ARE ABOUT MORE THAN EATING AND DRINKING. 

It’s a time for celebrating with friends which usually means dinner parties, cocktails and cookie swaps. My solution: Go retro. Why not try something other than eating and alcohol. Meet up for some old school sledding. Go ice skating. Take a snowy hike.. A turkey trot. Caroling, anyone? (Is that really a thing?) See a holiday show. Or stay in and have a holiday movie marathon. A game night. A craft making party. If you are staying in, keep the treats light and healthy. Limit your alcohol and why not try a mocktail.

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