The holiday season is recognized for many things, both good and bad. Many of us consider the holidays a stressful time. One of the tactics we can use for staying fit throughout the holidays is to combat that stress with a natural stress reliever – walking. Taking time to enjoy the outdoors is a great way to de-stress. The holiday stress can come from the fun we enjoy and the related decisions and activities. Not only do we enjoy festivities with friends and family, we also enjoy some delicious holiday dishes. And with all the holiday events it is easy to postpone our regular workout routines. The result is, at least for many of us, we tend to over-indulge during the festivities and because we skip some of our regular exercise, we end up putting on some extra weight. Typical weight gain can range from 1 to 2 pounds to up to 7 pounds.
While this seems like a small amount of weight, the reality is, some people have a lot of trouble losing these excess pounds. And over time, the weight can increase. If the weight is carried over to the next holiday season, the problem is doubled. This means there is even more weight to get rid of. And of course, the scenario can repeat itself again and again. After a few years, those few pounds of excess weight can turn into 10 or 20 excess pounds.
The solution is, keeping close tabs on things – every holiday season. Staying fit throughout the holidays really is possible.
The truly good news is, it is possible to lose even 50 or more pounds in a year or less. But this requires dedication and commitment to a healthy lifestyle.
This holiday season make it a point to walk more. Burning calories in this manner is one of the easiest ways to stay fit. A short 20 minutes of walking briskly burn 100 to 150 calories. Another way to burn calories fast is to jump rope. Okay, I know this technique isn’t for everyone, but the nice thing is, you really don’t even need a rope. Just going through the motions will give you terrific results. And if you ‘pretend’ to jump rope you won’t have to be concerned with tripping over the rope!
We’ve all heard the tips related to drinking water. If you drink a glass of water before a meal you will feel full faster – and you will eat less. Water has lots of benefits. It keeps you hydrated and better able to burn fat. And speaking of hydration, the next time you feel hungry try drinking water. Not only will it quench your thirst (which might be what you truly need), but it will also help to curb your appetite.
Typically, we are told to drink about 8 cups of water per day. However, for every excess 10 pounds of weight you should drink an extra glass of water. That will help you shed those pounds faster.
Another tip that is regularly given to those that want to lose weight is that of eating slowly. This allows you to fully enjoy the flavors of the foods. Plus, it allows you time to really acknowledge when you have had enough to eat. Choosing smaller serving sizes is another way to curtail what you eat. One way to do this is to use smaller sizes of plates. This will allow you to have a ‘full plate’ without overeating. It’s psychologically more pleasing.
A simple trick to help you have less of a desire to eat is to brush your teeth. We naturally have a tendency to want to keep a freshly cleaned mouth clean. Besides that, toothpaste and mouthwash leaves a ‘clean’ flavor in our mouths – and that ‘flavor’ does not mix well with food.
Twenty to thirty minutes of a cardio workout, such as swimming, biking, jogging or walking, will help keep you fit. Find time for this quick workout at least 4 or 5 times a week and you will lose weight.
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