Thanksgiving is over, Black Friday has come and gone, Christmas is fast approaching, and New Year’s is just around the corner. Everyone is stuck in Holiday mode, which means extra stress, extra tasks, and extra food. But, if we stop for a moment and remember all the hard work we have put in this year on our health and fitness, we will soon realize that we do not want to sabotage our progress with a month of treats, sweets, and other holiday food. We also don’t want to quit on the workouts we’ve been partaking in up to this point. Once we stop working out, it is hard, both mentally and physically, to start up again. So let’s make it easy on ourselves and continue our healthy living, even through the holidays. Not sure how? Let us help with these quick and easy tips.
Things to Keep in Mind:
- It is easier to STAY in shape than it is to GET in shape, or GET BACK INTO shape
- Christmas Day is not until the END of December, so we can’t use that as an excuse not to exercise. It is great to take a break from routine to be with friends and family, but you still have 4 weeks until that day, so keep working out and make these workouts COUNT!
- There are approximately 100 calories in a single piece of chocolate fudge
- Stress releases a hormone called cortisol. An increase in cortisol can lead to an increase in blood sugars, an increased appetite, a suppressed immune system, and a hole host of other issues that can be taxing on the body. Exercise can help relieve some of this stress, keeping your appetite and immune system in check
- There are 460 calories and 21 g of fat in a grande eggnog latte, 440 calories and 10 g fat in a peppermint white chocolate mocha, 420 calories and 12 g fat in a white hot chocolate, 330 calories and 8 g fat in a peppermint mocha, 250 calories and 6 g fat in a gingerbread latte, and 5 calories and 0 g fat in a cup of coffee with a sprinkle of nutmeg and cinnamon
- A pound of fat equals 3500 calories. So, for every pound you put on during the holiday season, you will need to burn at least an extra 500 calories a day to lose it again
- You can burn between 3-7% more calories in cold weather than during warm weather. This is due to the energy your body expends trying to warm up. So, while you use the excuse “it is too cold to go for a walk or run,” keep in mind that this is also the perfect reason to go for a walk or run.
- There has been an increase in online shopping, getting everything you need from your couch and delivered right to your door. This includes holiday gifts. So now there is no need to search for 15 minutes for a parking spot, forcing you to take the last available spot, no matter how far out, and walking half a mile to the mall entrance, to then walk every inch of that mall fighting crowds the whole way looking for the perfect gift, and finally having to walk the half mile back to your car and go home. Although convient and less stressful, it also takes away some extra calorie burn. Walking briskly during your shopping outings, you can burn up to 7 calories a minute, taking into consideration factors such as your age, metabolism, and weight
- Holidays are a time of gathering, sharing, and eating. This does not necessarily mean we need to pig out on sweets. Fresh vegetables with low-fat dip and fresh fruit are great appetizers, snacks, and additions to any meal