Between Halloween on October 31 and the New Year on January 1 are 8 weeks of shopping, parties, and eating delicious high-calorie foods. Thanksgiving and Christmas alone are more than enough to get a lot of us off track. More family obligations during the holiday season can interfere with your workout schedule and the temptation to sample the candy corn, cocktail wieners and gingerbread men can pack on some extra pounds. However, recommitting yourself to efficient workouts and smart nutrition will go a long way towards preventing holiday weight gain.
Fall into Circuit Training
When it’s dark when you get out of work you might be tempted to go home instead of to the gym, but if can get yourself there you won’t have to stay long to get a great workout.
Use this Circuit training routine to stay fit during the holiday months ahead! Just 3 times a week with a sensible eating plan will help you burn up extra calories FAST.
Circuit training combines weight training and aerobic exercises for a brief, but intense routine (source). You can build muscle and burn calories in just 20-30 minutes by performing the exercises with minimal rest between sets. Gyms such as the Curves franchise cater to women who want to perform circuit workouts. But many gyms set aside areas for this type of training. If you’d rather save more time by working out at home you can perform circuit routines using dumbbell exercises or calisthenics like push ups, sit ups, jumping jacks and mountain climbers. The P90X program offers 30-minute versions of its popular workouts, but there are many DVD courses that will get the job done without cutting into your busy schedule.
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Resolve to Stay the Course
You may have to turn down multiple courses of delicious holiday fare, but you’ll thank yourself in January when you’ve spared yourself the holiday hangover of extra pounds and lost workouts. Smart nutrition means you choose to eat foods you know are good for you and to keep your calorie count in check. Many of us will indulge in foods like pumpkin pie and glazed ham over the holidays, but some simple tricks can help keep the extra pounds at bay.
Fitness Tips for Preventing Holiday Weight Gain
You can compensate for the holiday calories by cutting in other places like having chocolate without whipped cream, using margarine instead of butter on toast and putting skim milk in your coffee (source). Salads can be festive too, but hold the fatty salad dressing and try red wine vinegar instead. You don’t have to swear off all the holiday cheer, but keeping smart nutrition in mind will go a long way toward keeping you on track while still enjoying the holidays.
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