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How to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

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The “mindless eating holiday” starts at Halloween and ends some place around the day after the first day of the New Year.  Did you know that the average weight gain during the holiday season is 8 – 12 pounds?  That is a lot of weight gained in such a small window of time and I’m positive that isn’t the gift you want to give yourself.

Daylight is ending earlier, and if you live where they have four season’s, the nip is definitely in the air by now. This time of year is very dangerous for those with minds that aren’t revolutionized toward living a healthy lifestyle no matter the season in their life or the weather. If you’re getting to the point where you’d rather sleep in or go straight home from work, rather than exercise, I am hoping these tips will help you to keep moving!

The holidays can be stressful enough without trying to maintain a regular exercise schedule.  But at the same time, staying active will give you more energy to accomplish everything on your list – and reduce stress.

  1. Reward yourself for committing to the decision of continuing your healthy lifestyle journey by purchasing yourself  new exercise clothes.  If you have new workout gear,  you’ll want to put it on and show them off at a class.
  2. Grab some friends and family and Sign up for a fun-run or Zumba class.
  3. Go for a power walk twice per day at work and after dinner.
  4. Use every opportunity to burn off a few extra calories.  Get creative.  You could combine household chores with exercise by doing a squats as you load the dishwasher –  Every little bit counts.
  5. Find an exercise buddy to hold you accountable during the holiday season.
  6. During the holiday, worrying about losing weight is counterproductive. Just focus on not gaining by ramping up your workouts.
  7. Ask for a gym membership or personal fitness coach as a gift for Christmas.

8.       Work towards a goal
Set a specific, realistic goal to accomplish during the holiday season. There are 35 days between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, which is the perfect amount of time to really nail that squat challenge, learn to do some fancy Yoga pose master an 8-minute mile. Whatever floats your boat.

  1. Don’t give up.  If you have a few slips along the way it’s okay.  Don’t give into all-or-nothing thinking.

I am hoping these tips will help you to stay motivated to exercise during the holiday season. They will if you; stay strong, stay focused and Revolutionize Your Mind!

What works best for you to help you stay on track? Please share your tips with us!

Happy Healthy Lifestylin’ Yall!

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