The Holidays are Coming! Get Prepared with Good Fitness Habits

If you haven’t been living under a rock this month, you can already smell the caloric onslaught in the air. Everywhere you go, there’s a seasonal pumpkin-flavored treat or beverage for sale, and if you think it’s okay—that these delectable specialties will be gone soon enough—you’re wrong. The holiday season barely is upon us, and the presence of fattening foods has only just begun!

Good Fitness Habits for the HolidaysAt the end of every year, a marathon of digestion takes place, and it lasts for months! In America, it’s a two-month gala that begins on Halloween—when we tell ourselves that assisting the children in eating all of that candy is helping them to maintain a balanced weight—and doesn’t end until the leftovers are gone from Christmas dinner.

In Canada, however, the marathon of food lasts a few weeks longer, starting with Thanksgiving Day—the second Monday in October.

Wherever you reside, there’s a great way to combat the heavy caloric intake that heralds the ringing in of the New Year. All it takes is establishing good fitness habits; realistic ones that you can stick to throughout the oncoming winter months.

Very few people can resist the blitzkrieg of turkey, candy, pies, cookies and eggnog that are fast approaching, and one fitness expert by the name of Josef Brandenburg doesn’t expect us to.

Brandenburg is the owner of True180 Fitness, a program designed to work with individuals to set realistic, customized goals and help people achieve them. Josef told WTOP Washington that establishing good fitness habits “makes surviving the holidays easier and also sets you up with good momentum.”

During this time of year, the fitness expert warns that, “It’s so much more difficult to be on track about nutrition and exercise, so what you do now will make sure that you’re as fit as you can be.”

He recommends establishing a rather simple fat-burning routine that doesn’t need to last more than 30 minutes a day, 3 days a week. He also noted that the ‘I don’t have/can’t afford a gym membership’ excuse won’t fly here. The cool autumn weather allows for plenty of outdoor activities without overheating. In fact, Brandenburg says the weather is perfect because it allows for a more intense workout.

“One of the biggest things that slows your body down and makes you tired and makes you want to stop is being overheated, so having cooler air is really helpful,” said Josef.

Obviously, the more exercise you do, the more benefits you’ll reap. For maximum results, Brandenburg recommends a mix-mash of mobility exercises, strength training, and high-intensity interval training.

 

Motivational Food for Thought: The Good News and the Bad News…

If you’re looking for a bit of extra motivation, here it is. Typically, people in North America are believed to put on about 5-10 extra pounds between the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Well, there’s good news and there’s bad news…

The good news is that, according to a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine, those figures are highly inaccurate. Research has shown that most of us only put on an average of 1 pound per fall/winter holiday season. However, overweight people tend to gain up to 5 pounds during the 2-month festival of foods.

Now for the bad news… the holiday pounds are the ones we never get rid of. They stick with us for the rest of our days, and when you add all those years of holiday dinners, leftovers and specialty dessert splurges together, it’s can be frightening thought indeed!

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