Thank you so much for all the support from my big announcement yesterday! I am super excited about this journey. I had my second peer coaching call yesterday with the most fantastic ladies. If you are looking for an easy and FREE way to connect with people, you might try ooVoo. The call can hold up to 12 participants (although you can only see 4 if using an iPad).
The holidays are getting closer and closer. I was saying to my Mom just yesterday that I was anxious for all of our Thanksgiving food: turkey, dressing, gravy, mashed potatoes, deviled eggs, etc. Since she is the one who cooks most of the food, she told me NOT to rush the holidays. Anyways, let’s talk about some ways to help avoid those holiday pounds. The average person gains approximately 2.2 pounds every holiday season. I tried to find the pin I wanted to share with you, but couldn’t, so I will try to remember the wording:
It’s not what you eat between Thanksgiving and New Year’s that matters, but what you eat between New year’s and Thanksgiving.
The point being if we were careful the majority of the year, the little splurges during the holidays wouldn’t matter as much.
Caught Up In the Spirit of Sweet & Savory: Celeb Trainers Exercises to Help Avoid Those Holiday Pounds
The swimming pools have closed, the sweaters are coming out and you find yourself more susceptible to sinking your teeth into that warm, soft, melty Krispy Kreme donut in the break room at work. No one will notice the extra calories because you are covering yourself up with your winter clothes. But YOU know. There is an angel on one shoulder and a devil on the other. All summer you’ve been good and listened to your angel. Now, it’s time to cheat on yourself. And, sadly, you begin to pack on the pounds. Just in time for the winter blues.
You can run but you can’t hide from fat. And as we get older, it’s harder to lose. We can’t all look like the female protagonists in Michael Bay films so we decide to just throw on a sweater or jacket so no one can tell you’ve been indulging, it’s easy to get caught up in the spirit of sweet and savory. But what happens when the snow melts and the birds begin to chirp? Depression and flash diets.
Here’s the thing. If you get on a workout routine during the holiday season, the bad dream is over. You can eat some of the tantalizing treats and remain at your current weight. What are some of the celebrities doing? Their trainers are talking.
Pick Up Some Dumbbells
What does Mark Wahlberg do to get his massive arms, perky pecs and cut abs in Michael Bay‘s soon to be released film, “Pain and Gain?” His trainer, Brian Nguyen, had to pack it on quick because he only had two months to get in shape for the role. According to bodybuilding.com, Wahlberg had to pound heavy weight and gained 40 pounds. This is a bit extreme for simple holiday fitness. If you want to get some guns, grab some dumbbells and do curls and pullups. Throw in some extensions and back rows for good measure. Don’t forget 20 minutes of cardio first to get you warm and going.
Dancing on the Treadmill
Tracy Anderson — goddess to Gwenyth Paltrow, Madonna and Shakira has a fun and unique way to build lean muscle mass, elongate your body and improve metabolic functions. Cardio is great for stress because you are allowing your endorphins to kick in. One of her many methods, dancing on the treadmill, takes a little practice but the benefits are fantastic. Instead of running, you are skipping on the treadmill doing side lunges and jumps (ballet moves). It’s fun. Support comes from holding on to the machine. Don’t get crazy right away and push it. Make a plan and start slow — 10 minutes for the first session then increase a few minutes each day.
If you are not really a gym person, there are plenty of things you can do at home with little or no equipment to keep your body looking lean and mean. Freedom fitness, also called bodyweight exercises, can be just as beneficial as working out at the gym or walking on a treadmill for 45 minutes. It would be best to do some cardio first, then do these exercises. Here are a few to fit into your daily routine:
- Abdominal Crunches
- Tuck Jump
- Chair Dips
- Push Ups
- Walking Lunges
- Shadow Boxing
Something is Better Than Nothing
How does Bruce Springsteen stay buff and looking healthy after all these years? His trainer and creator of the P90X fitness system, Tony Horton, explains how eating healthy and staying active helps you stress less and sleep better. Sleep better and you stress less…see the the cycle? Horton knows that the holidays are super busy and that a full-hour workout each day may be difficult to fit in. No one expects you to keep the crazy workout schedules that celebrities, actors and directors do with their personal trainers. So, do the best you can with the time that you have. If you can only squeeze in 20 or 30 minutes a day, five days a week, it’s better than nothing.
Do you have an exercise plan for the holidays? Share in the comments below.
Enjoy your day!