Worrying about losing the health and fitness gains we’ve made in 2018 is a legitimate concern over the holidays. But just because holiday weight gain is universal, doesn’t mean you have to join the club.
The average North American gains one to two pounds over the holidays. InsideOut founder Barry Samuel believes that forewarned is forearmed so he’s passing on some easy-to-implement tips for staying (mostly) healthy over the holidays – without missing out on food or fun.
Take a Walk
Something as simple as taking a walk after a big holiday lunch or dinner can work wonders. The fresh air will wake you up and walking is so good for your cardiovascular system. Not to mention that it will rev up your metabolism and help burn those extra calories. It’s easy and you can do it anywhere and anytime.
Stay Consistent With Your Workouts
Easier said than done with holiday travel schedules. But those sugar cookie calories won’t stand a chance to add up to extra weight if you can maintain (for the most part) your fitness routine.
Outwit Party Food
If you know you’re going to a party where there will be a lavish spread of high-calorie holiday treats, why not make yourself a healthy meal and drink lots of water before heading out? You can still nibble but your full tummy will help curtail going overboard.
Keep Life in Perspective
Life is short and you should relax and enjoy the occasional, carefully chosen indulgence. In fact, worrying about holiday indulgence may already add to seasonal stress levels. On which note: remember to be grateful for everything you have and to focus on the true spirit of the holidays: spending time with friends and family and reflecting on the year ahead.
Happy Holidays from InsideOut!