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Tips to get through the holidays …and stay on track with your health and fitness goals

  1. Holiday WorkoutPlan Ahead!  Eat a good meal before you go to a party so that you can pass up high calorie snacks. Nobody will notice that you don’t have a plate that you refill 10 times.
  2. The holidays are about spending time with people, right?  SO do it!  Less focus on food, more on the ones we love.  Have conversations and enjoy their company, not the comfort of fattening, unhealthy food. You’ll just end up depressed and miserable as you gain weight and suffer from sugar addiction.
  3. Play a game or have a contest to make the party active and fun, with less sedentary time watching TV.  Instead of adding chairs, take chairs away, so guests have to take turns standing and mingling rather than sitting.
  4. Play fun music to encourage movement.
  5. Instead of a dessert table – have a veggie table with colorful choices to fill your plate.  Arrange the veggies in fun shapes and color combinations to increase appeal.
  6. For dessert, pre-cut 1 or 2 simple choices into small bite sixed portions that are individually wrapped.  Do not put out extra, have just enough so that nobody is tempted to indulge.
  7. Offer to host the event yourself to have more control over the menu.  Start a new and healthy tradition that the entire family can benefit from.  Avoid the high calorie foods or make substitutions.  Nobody will know!
  8. Keep an exercise routine to reduce stress and keep burning calories.  Set up a calendar blocking out the days that you are unable to exercise due to an even tor function, and prioritize a workout on the other days that are open.  Do not over commit to keep on your goals for health and fitness.
  9. Have a home exercise back up plan when you cannot get to the gym…use the stairs, park further away and use the opportunities you have in your day to increase activity to keep the metabolic furnace burning calories.
  10. Take advantage of the weather!  Cooler weather doesn’t mean you need to stop exercising outside!  It’s time to bring out the skis, sleds, snow shoes, ice skates, or walking poles.  Hit your favorite park and see the beauty the winter brings to the landscape!  Host a party at a sledding hill to increase activity verses having a movie time at home or an outdoor scavenger hunt in the woods to get people hiking and moving!  Make it active and make it fun!

About Janelle Baldwin

Janelle Baldwin is a physical therapist assistant (PTA) and lead fitness trainer for Agnesian HealthCare’s on-site fitness center, called the ZONE. She is a certified weight trainer (CWT), a strength and conditioning specialist (STS) and a certified strength and conditioning instructor (CSCI). Her 15 years of professional experience ranges from home care and work hardening/conditioning with the Agnesian HealthCare Sports, Spine & Work Center for many years to her role as a certified personal trainer; teaching fitness classes for which she is trained and certified for and maintaining the on-site fitness facility.

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