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Jackie Wright – Holiday Fitness Success

Jackie Wright / The Fitness Trail
Grand County, CO Colorado

Weight gain during the holiday season is well documented. The average person will gain five to seven pounds from Thanksgiving through New Year’s. So, how about this year instead of gaining weight you maintain or lose weight instead?

Throughout the years, I have had many clients not only maintain their weight during the holidays but some actually decided it was the ideal time to lose weight and succeeded. The concept is a great one because if you can lose weight this time of year, the rest of the year will be a cinch.

Consequently, this week we will highlight a few effective tips for weight maintenance and loss during this wonderful holiday season. As always, please consult your physician prior to beginning any exercise program.

Holiday Weight Loss and Maintenance Tips

• While it is important to honor, cherish and enjoy the holiday season, rather than thinking of it as a time to indulge, think of it as a time to be fit for the New Year. Use this time to prepare yourself to begin the year off the way you want to end it up-healthy and fit.

• If you haven’t begun an exercise program, now is the time to do it. Don’t wait until the New Year.

• Burn as many calories, safely, as you can every day. Move!

• Exercise regularly. Avoid missing your exercise program during the holidays. Exercise is a great stress reducer – mentally and physically so use this time to cope with the stress in a positive, nurturing way through exercise.

• Walk everywhere you are able to and carry your own packages whenever possible.

• Enjoy winter sports. Snowshoeing, Nordic/alpine skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, and snowmobiling are all great fun and burn calories.

• If you do not know how to perform any of those sports listed above, then take a lesson.

• Walk prior to and following all holiday meals whenever possible.

• Play active games such as the ones that are featured on Wii game systems while you wait for dinner to be served.

• Choose a fun outdoor activity, such as building a snowman or caroling rather than sitting around watching television.

• If it is too cold to play outdoors, go bowling, play basketball, ice hockey, and indoor soccer or find an indoor pool and go for a swim.

• If you are currently eating a healthy diet as well as a calorie-conscious one-keep it up. Now is not the time to goof off.

• Choose one small treat to indulge in during the holidays and enjoy it on the actual holiday rather than daily throughout the holiday season.

• Send leftovers home with your guests or there are many homeless shelters that may be able to utilize the food, so take it there. This will keep it out of the house and help you avoid temptation and help someone in need.

• Drink water with every glass of libation.

• If you are having a pot luck holiday meal, challenge your guests to bring the healthiest dish and give a fun fitness prize for the winner such as a hula hoop or stability ball.

Next week, we will feature the fitness trends for 2010.

– Jackie Wright is the owner/manager of Never Summer Fitness, LLC. She can be reached at her website at http://www.neversummerfitness.com, her email at NSFGL@comcast.net and her blog at http://www.skyhidailynews.com

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