This is sponsored content from BlogHer and The Laughing Cow.Can you believe that it is that time of year again?
The holidays are right around the corner and that means lots of delicious food and less time to exercise! And that can lead to weight gain. There has got to be a way to enjoy the holidays and also stick to your exercise program. RIGHT? Right!
Here are some suggestions:
*Set realistic goals: It might be unrealistic for you to do 1 hour of cardio 5 days a week during the holidays. You might be like me and have an "all or nothing" type attitude. I say to myself, "If I can't get my hour of cardio in, then I'm just not going to do any." That's why it may be better to set a goal of 20 minutes of high intensity cardio 5 days and week instead of an whole hour. It's much easier to find 20 minutes than a hour. If you are feeling extra energetic you can always add more minutes to your workout!
*Remember the benefits of exercise: You know how you feel after a good workout? Empowered, strong, beautiful, confident. How do you feel when you don't exercise? Frumpy, guilty, weak, tired. During the holidays you want to feel great and look great when you are with family and friends. Exercise and proper hydration gives you a healthy glow and an inner confidence that is so attractive. Give yourself more energy during the holidays by exercising!
*Join forces with a friend: A few weeks ago, a couple friends from church and I, decided to be accountability partners. Every Friday we text our weight to each other and comment on how we did that week with our eating and such. That has been a great help for me. It is always a nice for me to have a partner in this, my greatest battle! Get a friend, spouse or family member with whom you can go for walks, go to the gym or just report to everyday. Inspire each other to stay fit during the holidays!
*Who needs a treadmill? Play outside: There are some really fun things that you can do out in the cold that burn a ton of calories!!! Join in the Turkey Bowl football game, ice skate, run up and down the hill while sledding with the kids, have a snowball fight, shovel snow, go cross country skiing or snowshoeing. Look for fun traditions that will keep your family fit!
*LAUGH: What did you expect from a post sponsored by Laughing Cow Cheese! :) But seriously....Studies have been done on this topic and it has been shown that the body burns up to 20% more calories when having a good belly laugh! Watch a fun comedy together, play cards or a board game together. Shed the stress and a few more calories along the way.
Hopefully some of these ideas will help you (and me) stick to an exercise program during the holidays. But most importantly....remember to have fun, relax and enjoy the people you love!
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