December brings a revolving door of holiday parties, buttery buffets, and free office treats. Save yourself from packing on the pounds this season with these 5 tips to beat the holiday bulge.
Prioritize Your Sweat Sessions - #NoExcuses
Not having enough time is hardly an excuse to let go of your workout routine for the entire month between Thanksgiving and New Years. Sit down, take a hard look at your calendar, grab a permanent marker, and schedule time to sweat. Taking care of your body is just as important as the next meeting on your schedule.
Maximize Your Gym Time
You’ve got no time to waste, so make the most of your minutes in the gym doing dynamic, full-body exercises. Explosive moves like squat jumps, jumping lunges, burpees, and medicine ball slams not only engage all of your muscles, but they give you the most bang for your buck in terms of calorie burn, leaving you more flexibility to indulge later.
Don't Show Up Hungry
If you think the best buffet strategy for your next holiday soiree is to “save” your calories so you can binge guilt-free, think again. Experts say it’s better to eat before you go - arriving with an almost-full stomach makes it easier to exhibit some self control around the spinach dip and endless supply of sugar cookies.
BYO Healthy Side Dish or Dessert
Take the guesswork out of what you’re going to eat altogether and bring your own healthy side dish or dessert, your jeans will thank you later.
Because the holiday season only comes around once a year justifying seconds, and thirds, is just so damn easy. Keep yourself in check: evaluate the spread, decide which items are worthy of the extra time it’ll take to sweat em off, and then take small portions of each.
The holiday season is all about celebrating, spending time with friends and family, and indulging - just do it all in moderation, alright? Come January 1 you’ll be rested, relaxed, and ready to set new goals in, and out of, the gym.
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