without the big family gatherings, the office holiday parties and the
continuous carousel of office treats, our bodies can still find a way to pack
on the extra pounds during the holiday season and winter months. Avoiding all
things sugar and alcohol may sound like the only way to go- but who wants to
do that?! Here are some tips and tricks to help you keep the extra weight off
this season, without sacrificing your sanity.
active doesn’t mean going to the gym for 60 straight minutes of sweaty
awfulness. There are plenty of fun winter activities that will get you moving!
- Doing a Holiday 5-10k with
the family in your neighborhood.
- Make a TV watching workout
(ex. Every time you see a Black Friday commercial do 5 burpees!).
- Have a snowman building
- Be a good neighbor and
shovel your neighbor’s driveway.
- Preparing meals? Add in a
few squats, OH presses or calf raises (just don’t drop the food on the
- Take the stairs whenever you
- Park far away if you go
shopping (even your car can be socially distant!).
- Every time you make an
online purchase, do 20 squats and 10 push-ups (maybe this can save you
from splurging on something you don’t need).
- Do mini challenges with your
family (Ex. Whoever can do the most steps in a week gets to pick Friday
- Take a walk around the
neighborhood to see the holiday lights.
water before a meal helps make you feel full so you’re less likely to overeat.
After a meal, drinking water is beneficial because it aids in digestion, so
you don’t feel that heaviness for too long.
alcoholic drinks with water can save you a ton of calories and help protect
you from a raging hangover. Once you finish a drink, pledge to finish a
full glass of water before grabbing your next alcoholic beverage. Or don’t
drink at all and have a sparkling water or fruit infused water to make it look
like you’re still part-taking during the holiday Zoom calls.
keep a water bottle next to you throughout the day to help remind you that you
need to keep drinking.
wrapping gifts, setting up Zoom calls with family and friends, working and
handling the kids, it’s easy to get overwhelmed during the holiday season. Don’t lose sight of quality “me time”.
taking a moment or two for yourself during the holiday season can lead to more
unnecessary stress, and we know: stress =
weight gain. Schedule a manicure, take a long bath, go for a sunrise
walk/run. Whatever it is that makes you happy, take a note of out Nike’s book
and Just Do It!
Sleep Sleep and more Sleep
forget about scheduling time for sleep. Keeping a normal sleep routine
actually does help keep the weight off. One study found that adults
who slept 5 or few hours a night were 15% more likely to be obese. Sleep helps
us unwind and reset. Sleep is our best friend and keeps our minds sharp. When
we sleep, our body is also doing minor repairs. These repairs help in the fight
against rapid aging, disease and keeping the extra pounds off.
Add in Fruits & Veggies
fruits and vegetables to your diet not only can add color to your dish but can
also add tons of disease fighting vitamins and minerals to your diet. Fruits
and vegetables are all about health while packing a flavorful punch. Fruits
and vegetables also keep you fuller longer, so you’re less likely to have
snack attacks throughout the day.
some of these yummy dishes at your next meal:
-Sweet potato mash
Orange Chia Jam
-Kale and Brussel
more winter recipes, check out our Instagram or Healthy
Holiday Eats blog posts.
weight during the holidays doesn’t have to be something we just have to accept
every year. These small changes can impact you in big ways! If you want to
learn more, or discuss different methods to keep the weight off this holiday, reach