Prepare For The Holidays By Getting In Shape Now

Are you ready for the holiday season? Temptations have already set in with Halloween candy and next will be pumpkin pies, stuffing, gravy and mashed potatoes. And then there’s never-ending Christmas cookies, candies, truffles, candy canes and list will go on and on…To top it off, there’s New Year’s; where the celebrations have bottomless Champagne and drinks and delicious food to kick off your new year. When you look your best, you’ll feel your best—so keep reading. Here’s a few tips to avoid gaining holiday weight

Resist Buying Big Bags of Holiday Candy
Those candy manufacturers are brilliant. Every year around this time, they come out with bigger (and cheaper) bags of candy corn and red and green M&Ms. It’s no wonder it becomes harder and harder to resist buying them! Don’t buy the family size bags of Halloween candy now. Instead, wait until a few days before Halloween to purchase them. When the trick-or-treaters come knocking on your door, give them all the candy you’ve got, because the less you have left over, the less you’ll be tempted to eat yourself!

Increase Your Weekly Workouts
If you’re already at the gym faithfully several times a week, you’re off to a good start for the upcoming holiday season. Continue with a few weight training sessions, combined with one or two cardio sessions per week—and you’re going strong and steady. But whether you’ve just started a fitness program or you’ve been working out for years, it’s time to up the ante on your workouts, because let’s face it: when the holidays hit, more calories will be consumed.

Start by increasing the number of your workouts by one or two. So, if you’re used to working out twice a week, work out three times a week. What if you don’t have any time for an extra work out? Simple. Wake up an hour early every Wednesday or Friday. Push yourself just a little bit, and you’ll see big time results. Here’s the kicker though—make that extra workout really count.  Feel the pain, and you’ll earn the gain. The best part of pushing yourself now, is being able to confidently enjoy how you look and feel.

Strategies for Holiday Parties

  • Portion Control – eat one cookie instead of two.
  • Don’t show up starving – eat something nutritious before you head to a party and drink a full glass of water if you show up hungry.
  • Limit alcohol intake – this will help you avoid packing on the calories and will help you control how much you eat.
  • Bring a healthy desert with you to a party – eat that instead of the other tempting deserts.

With as many upcoming events as you have during the holiday season, don’t you owe it to yourself to be on top of your health? When you’re healthy, (and as a result of good health, happy!)  the holidays will be merry and bright!

Bill Pec Only

Bill Pec is a personal trainer located in Portland, Oregon.  He offers one-on-one exclusive personal training out of his fully equipped studio.