Day: December 17, 2011

10 Tips to help you stay fit and feeling great throughout the holiday season

1. Hit the weights: Muscle aids in burning fat, and will help to fight off the extras that you normally don’t eat. If you’re going to cut your workout short, I suggest hitting the weights even at the expense of cardio. Use supersets or a full body circuit to make your workout more aerobic.

2. Eat before the party: It may sound absurd, but eat a small clean meal before any holiday party. Do not arrive starving. You will be less likely to indulge in the chocolate cream puffs or peppermint bark.

3. Treat yourself, but use moderation: Allow yourself to indulge but don’t over eat. Forbidding yourself of something will only create you to binge later. Enjoy your cheat, but don’t let it get out of control.

4. Stay Active: Even if it’s not your normal workout routine, try to get out and move for at least 30 minutes. On average, 30 minutes of moderate activity such as walking can burn 200 calories. That’s two glasses of wine you can enjoy without packing on a single pound!

5. Host a party: Take control and throw a killer holiday bash. With all that constant moving, planning, cooking and preparing, you’re bound to burn some extra calories (as long as you send your guests home with the leftovers). If you’re not the hostess with the mostess, you can still help out. Staying on your feet, serving food, and helping with the dishes will help keep you away from the buffet and bar, of course.

6. Easy on the alcohol: Alcohol decreases your inhibitions, which may lead you to eat the whole plate of Santa’s cookies, instead of just one. If you’re going to drink, stick with wine or light beer and stay away from high calorie cocktails or fancy coffee drinks.

7. Women, buy yourself a cute holiday dress: There is no better motivation to exercise and eat clean then when you have a sassy dress hanging in your closet. Channel your inner sexiness and rock your new dress at the holidays! Confidence is the secret to looking good.

8. Drink plenty of water: Staying hydrated will keep help you keep your metabolism up and burn more calories. Drinking enough water also gives you a sense of fullness so you are less likely to consume more food.

9. Give back: Tis the season. Give to someone who is less fortunate or donate to your favorite charity. Nothing will make you feel better than to help someone who is in need during the holidays.

10. Create a home workout routine: For those times you can’t make it to the gym, workout using your own body as resistance. Incorporate exercises such as push-ups, bench dips, lunges, sumo squats, crunches, planks, and bridges.