Written by Mary Ellen Coffey
It's that time of year again when we all have too much to do, and too many places to go. And if you don't have a fitness plan already in place, and that habit established, it's almost certain the dreaded holiday weight gain is right behind you.
Nobody wants to gain weight during the holidays, but many of us do just that. Easy answer is you need to figure out a way to eat less, and exercise more. Yes, I just said that.
1) The more you gain the more you have to lose
Gaining a little weight every year leaves you with more weight to lose. Your goal is to keep yourself at a healthy weight, and if you're not currently at a healthy weight than your goal is to not gain any extra weight, and then focus on losing weight. As you approach this holiday season enjoy the festivities, but make it a point to eat a little less than usual at each meal because even one small change adds up to a lot.
2) The more you exercise the better you feel both physically and psychologically
Whatever you eat during this holiday season will digest better if you're active which contributes to you feeling much better overall physically, and studies show that physical activity improves your mood which contributes to you feeling much happier in general.
It's important to have an exercise routine you find enjoyable, so you'll be more likely to stick with it. I'm a big fan of kettlebell workouts, for the reason that it is an effective, efficient, and fun way for me to exercise. But, I enjoy training with kettlebells, and I don't think of it as exercise, but more as an interest, or even a hobby. We all need a workout routine in our lives that we take pleasure in, and keeps us fit both physically and psychologically.
If you're presently exercising then stay on course and remain consistent, and if you're not exercising regularly at this time then focus on starting some kind of exercise routine now even if it's just walking most days of the week. Finding a balance between life's pressures and keeping yourself healthy during this holiday season gives you a better chance of preventing any unnecessary weight gain. Enjoy the season, but don't let the holidays weigh you down!
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