Is your waistband feeling a bit tight after Thanksgiving? Feeling a little heavier and sluggish? This week you may want to plan to add a few extra minutes to your cardio workouts and some extra sets to your weight training regimen. I know I took in a little (ok, a lot) more fuel than my body needs- blame it on the coconut pie (why blame myself?)- and now I must put in some extra exercise to burn additional calories. Or, I can get disgusted witho myself when alll of my favorite winter clothes are suffocating me. (I've been good at that.) Best approach? I say work it off now before the 2-3 pounds from last week turns into 6-8 pounds by New Years.
If you are already in a workout routine kick it up a notch and get the most out of your time at exercise classs or the gym. If you are not engaging in regular exercise, this is a great time to start- a time when weight gain may be inevitable with holiday parties, or extra glasses of vino with good friends is starting up in full swing. Make a commitment to exercise when you can, and if you miss a few sessions, jump right back into it.
Thirty minutes a day 3 times a week is enough to bring on changes. Do more when you can. You may just get hooked!
Start today by going for a walk. Walk ten minutes in one direction and then walk back. There! Twenty minutes. Done. The more you do, the more you can do!
Excerpt from Get Fit To Go: Motivation to Exercise and Get Healthy!
Keep Pounds at Bay While Socializing
Dining out with friends or attending social and holiday functions is a reason to eat, drink and be merry. Who can resist? With extra food onsumption and late hours spent socializing we may be taking in excessive amounts of calories and exercising less.
Think of all of those extra calories we consume while we absentmindedly munch on chips as we chat with friends and loved ones. Fill up on salads and raw veggies before trying the other foods. You will curb your appetite with healthier foods and eat less of the
fattening fare. Can’t resist the gourmet delights? You’re only human. Limit your quantity. If you are drinking alcoholic beverages try those that are less fattening, such as white wine and light beers.
Most caterers understand dietary concerns. When ordering a meal or planning your own affair ask for lighter foods. The meals can still be delicious and filling without being fattening and unhealthy. Save the calories for dessert, if that’s your pleasure.
Weddings, social events and holiday parties are not everyday affairs. The sights and smells of delicious foods are tempting. Bingeing will only lead to weight gain and discouragement. Have the strawberry shortcake, if you can’t resist, and make up for it by eating lighter for a few days before and after a fattening event.