Holiday Health

Beating the Bulge this Holiday Season

The holiday season is upon us and I think it is safe to say we all enjoy it…well most of it. We love the parties with friends and family, the decorations, the merry mood most people are in and the powder covered ski slopes. Although, there is a reason that may make us dread the holidays. For many of us, this time of year can be a body bummer. We eat lots and before we know it our bellies are bulging and our bottom halves are bursting. I know what you are thinking, “This is going to be another article on strict guidelines and rules we need to adhere to so we don’t gain a single pound.” But let’s be real, life is about enjoying as much as it is about achieving our goals. Below are some ideas to help us do just that, it may be easier than you think!

Smaller plates

Remember: the SMALLER the BETTER. Grab a salad plate instead of the dinner plate. When you go to a potluck or buffet, use a smaller dish, you will end of eating less, but still get to enjoy the goodness!

Balance your plate

When Thanksgiving rolls around there are so many food choices. Studies show when there are more choices, we eat more. To combat this, divide your plate into four sections, Protein, Carb, Veggie and Fat. Let yourself have one of each. As far as how big: the size of your palm is your Protein, the size of your whole hand is your Veggie, and the size of your fist is your Carbohydrate, your Fat is the size of your first finger touching your thumb, making the perfect sign!

Plan your workouts

Put a check box on your calendar for each day of the week and then check the box after your sweat session. Look at your gym schedule and plan the classes you will go to during these winter months. Treehouse Athletic Club has all sorts of classes, at convenient times. Come check out one of my Strength or TRX circuit classes. I even teach on Thanksgiving! You could also commit to a 5k, 10K, or half marathon.

Exercise less but harder

Amp up your workouts with high-intensity interval training and circuit training. A study in the Journal of Applied Physiology showed that those who performed high-intensity intervals on stationary bikes every other day for two weeks burned 36 percent more fat afterward than those who did a steady cycling workout. Next time you do any cardio, go fast and hard for 1-2 minutes and moderate for 3-4 minutes. Not in the mood to push yourself? Attend a class, let the instructor push you to your limit, you won’t be sorry. Treehouse has many HIIT and circuit classes to help you optimize your time and fat burn.

Now that you have some tools to help you stay healthy this holiday season, go and enjoy yourself and have no regrets! Cheers!