Three Simple Things to Help Keep Holiday Weight off

As we enter the month of November, we enter the Holiday Season.  The Season for parties, social gatherings, shopping, and yes everyone’s favorite…eating.  The Holiday Season is filled with all these activities that are fun and sometimes interfere with our normal schedules.  Well, we should be honest with ourselves if we had to choose; go to a party or go workout?  Which one will usually win?  I don’t even need to answer; you knew the answer two sentences ago.  In this month’s article I hope to help you start the Holiday Season off right, have fun but stay healthy.

Let’s face it, for most of us it is easy to find an excuse not to exercise and the Holidays present about a dozen more.  And what I typically hear from clients is that they don’t have time to exercise and that the holidays provide an excuse to take two months off from their routine.  The problem is, that with all the Holiday festivities it is very easy to eat more, drink more, and make less time for yourself.  Why not forget the New Year resolutions and create less stress for yourself in January by staying healthy now? 

The first thing you need to do is pull out the calendar and make your holiday schedule.  Your holiday social schedule should be added to your existing fitness schedule.  If a party or event interferes with your regularly scheduled workout, pick another time or day to make it up that week, don’t skip it!  If you start skipping your workouts it becomes easier to start skipping till January.  This is a great opportunity to try something new.  Maybe you always took yoga on Monday nights, but something interferes, so instead you try Pilates.  Your workout time is “you time” so be sure to put yourself at the top of your schedule. 

Second, eat a meal before you go to your party.  Your first Holiday gathering is approaching.  Socializing is good for your health to, however there are a couple things you should do before the big event.  If there is no meal planned at the event, eat a healthy meal before you go. You won’t feel the need to graze the appetizer table. 

Third, you should do is to go online and find out how many calories your favorite holiday beverage has in store.  There are many sites out there to help you do this, I like Daily Plate.  It is free and it lists most food and beverage items.  I am not saying not to have a cocktail; I am just suggesting that you know the facts before you decide how many you are going to have. 

If you try and follow the three simple steps listed above you can still enjoy the Holiday Season and all the fun that it brings and stay healthy.  It is all about finding balance.  Instead of looking at the Season like it will ruin your fitness routine, change your approach and look at it as an opportunity to try new things, mix up your routine a bit, but still stay exercising.  It is much easier not to put those extra pounds on, than it is to take them off!

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