The holidays are here and while the season is lots of fun, there is no harder time to stay fit than the time between Thanksgiving and New Years. In fact, most people gain, on average, 5 pounds during these weeks, which typically leads up to the weight-loss resolutions in January. If you want to truly enjoy the holidays, eat the treats you crave, but not have to move up a size in a few weeks, we have a few tips for you.
Everyone is busy this time of year. In addition to shopping, wrapping and baking, there are special holiday events and parties to attend. But don't give up your workout. Even if you have to reduce your time, there are ways to make your workout more effective so you stay in shape.
- Change up your workout. If you always do the elliptical, try something different. Working some different muscle groups will burn more fat, and also add variety to your routine. Swimming, running sprints, or doing intervals on a bike are great cardio options that burn a lot of calories.
- Sign up for a class. If there's ever a time you want an instructor to push you, this is it. There are a variety of options that will help you work off those sugar cookies.
- Add in weight training. If you typically stick to the cardio machines, try some weights. They are great for toning, and for burning calories.
- Start your day off at the gym. Let's be honest. The holiday schedule is brutal, and while you have the best of intentions to stop by for a workout after shopping or attending the work party, it's not going to happen. You can feel good about fitting in your workout the first thing every morning, and it will jump-start your metabolism, helping you to burn more calories all day long.
It can be hard to stay in shape over the holidays, but not impossible. Use some of these tips and contact us to enjoy your holidays while staying fit.