by The Lakeview Health Wellness Staff
It’s official. The holidays are here and they are happening fast. While you may be thinking about the inches that you don’t want to gain around your waistline, don’t let the barrage of holidays stress you out. It’s important you know how to stay healthy during the holidays, despite any obstacles that might be in the way.
We understand. Halloween was rough and you might already be regretting how many Peanut Butter Cups you stole from your kid’s candy stash “because you wanted to limit their sugar intake.” On Thanksgiving, you were confronted by a delicious bird with all the fixings followed by any number of pies to devour in one sitting. And then there are the leftovers—don’t even get me started on the leftovers! If that’s not good enough, let’s fill the entire month of December with potential Holiday parties every week, sometimes twice a week, where we can get our yearly fill on cookies and cakes. Sounds like heaven, right? Oh wait, I forgot the point is to stay on track with our health goals and not set a record of how many pieces of pie we can eat in one sitting. (Mine is seven.)
The media suggest that the average weight gain is about 5-10 pounds starting with lingering Halloween treats through New Year’s Day. While not all of this weight will stick around long-term, you may find that number on the scale higher than usual if you don’t do anything about it. So let’s forget about any mistakes we might have made already and get real in this write up on your excuses. You might be surprised to find that they are not as valid as you think they are and you can do better this year.
We get it. The holidays are a very stressful time for many people because so much is going on. Our best advice is the same advice we always give, moderation and control will be the key to staying on track. Weight gain will happen this time of year. Is it detrimental? No, but it can be if you let it add up year after year. Plan your workout ahead of time and stick to it. Find a friend or family member that will hold you accountable. Also, make sure you like our Lakeview Health Facebook page where we provide weekly workouts and motivation. Willpower and commitment are the top two gifts you can give yourself during the holiday season, so wrap them up nice, stick a bow on it, and enjoy the season!
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