Four Ways to Avoid Packing on Extra Pounds During the Holidays

By: Susan
November 08, 2013

During the holidays, it can be hard to resist the temptation to stay indoors and indulge in delicious seasonal treats. Between attending holiday parties and trying to squeeze workouts into a hectic schedule, it can also be challenging to stick to a plan of healthy eating and exercise. This year, however, things can be different. Besides using the 24-hour fitness centers in select HomeFirst Communities, you can take advantage of these four ways to avoid packing on pounds this holiday season so that you can still enjoy the holiday festivities without starting the New Year with regret.

Plan Active Social Events

One of the best things about the holidays is having the opportunity to spend more time with your family and friends. This year, help everyone to stay healthy by planning active social events. Whether you choose to head to an outdoor ice skating rink or prefer to stay indoors and play charades, the name of the game should be to keep everyone moving. This way, even if you indulge in a few sweets, you can rest assured that you will be burning off those calories.

Bring a Dish to Holiday Parties

It can be too easy to make excuses when you have no choice regarding what items are included on the menu. If you know you will be attending a holiday function full of tempting culinary delights, then ask the host if you can bring a special dish. Most people you know will welcome the help with food preparation, and you will know that at least one item on the menu will fit into your plans for healthy eating. Then, enjoy what you prefer in small portions so you do not overload on holiday dinners.

Try Several Short Workouts

When you are busy shopping for gifts and attending social events, it may be challenging to fit in a full workout. Try breaking up the normal amount of time you would spend exercising into shorter chunks of time that are easier to manage. Not only will this help you to fit in a full workout on a busy schedule, but it can also help you keep your metabolism boosted all day. Alternatively, you can try high-intensity training that involves working harder for less time than a traditional workout. Whichever method you choose, you will burn calories and increase your strength without having to commit to spending hours at the gym.

Increase Daily Movement

As you go about decorating your manufactured home for the holidays and shopping for gifts, consider making sure that every movement you make will count toward burning calories. If you are hanging lights, step up and down on the ladder a few extra times to maximize the calorie-burn. Additionally, you can park further away from the store entrance when shopping or do a few squats while you wait for a dish to finish cooking. As a general rule, the more you move, then the easier it will be to keep the holiday weight gain at bay.

Avoiding the dreaded holiday weight gain can easily be achieved by implementing a few healthy strategies into your holiday plans. By choosing active games for your social events and making sure you have healthy dishes to enjoy at holiday dinners, you can make sure you stay on top of your fitness goals throughout the busy winter season.

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