My how this year has flown!!! We kicked off 2013 with a monthly fitness challenge and we haven’t let up since. This month is no different and since there’s a rumor out there that the average weight gained during this time of year is 7 to 10 lbs we have got to step it up a notch so that isn’t us right? Can you believe that is the average? YIKES!!! That is CRAZY! But no surprise – between holiday parties, leftovers from Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners PLUS desserts, it can be hard on the average American to resist.
According to Business Health Services here are some ways to deal with the holiday season so that is not YOU!
Nutrition: Prepare for Weight Management Success
The holidays are right around the corner, which means it is time to prepare for the weight management challenges that lie ahead. The key is to be prepared!
Plan ahead. Make the most of your weekend by prepping your meals ahead of time for the week. If you have healthy options already ready to go, then you are more likely to make the right choice.
Think ahead. If you know that you are heading to a social gathering where unhealthy foods will likely be served, do NOT show up hungry. Think ahead and eat a small, healthy meal before heading out. You will be more in control of your actions if you show up with a modest appetite.
Choose your battles. If tailgating for Sunday football is a “must have” for you, then make extra good eating decisions on Fridays and Saturdays in order to let loose on Sundays. Pick and choose what you want to “splurge” on. Ask yourself, “What must I have, and what can I live without?” Remember: you are in control!
There is no doubt that the holidays are focused on food and family. It’s easy to make “holiday eating” a six-week affair, but that can be very damaging to our weight control efforts. By preparing just enough for each holiday meal, and knowing what to do with any extras, we can avoid splurging on leftovers.
Cooking “Just Enough”
Prepare enough food for one holiday meal. Here are some general guidelines for individual serving sizes for different foods. Multiply by the number of people who will be joining you for your holiday meal to make your “guest-imates” for the perfect amount of food to make:
Physical: Prepare for Outdoor Activities
Exercise is a vital part of staying in top physical and mental health during the holiday season. Preparing for the physical strain and stress of exercise on the body can help prevent injury and keep you going strong.
Exercise Tip: Before engaging in any type of exercise, it is important to do a complete warm up and cool down, properly stretch and be dressed appropriately for the weather. During the colder months, this process is even more important if you are going to be exercising outdoors.
- Proper clothing will ensure you are comfortable and can outlast the elements.
- Focus on slowly warming up and cooling down.
- Take caution and remember that blood pressure and body temperature can fluctuate quickly when exercising in the cold.
- Try to focus on activities that are close to home or in a well-populated area in case a cold-weather related issue arises.
Many times, negative confrontations with family are due to the restlessness of being cooped up in the house all day. When your house is full of people and short on space, expand your surroundings and use that restless energy in a positive way. Get everybody up and outside for some family fitness!
Exercise is a known stress reliever and can be a good way to create happy, healthy memories for years to come. The main thing is to get everyone active together to help share family time that isn’t spent eating, drinking or sitting inside the house.
Here are a few ways to get the whole family up and active this fall and winter holiday season:
1. Build a fort outside. This idea is great for in the snow, too!
2. Play a game. Football, baseball and tag are all great ideas the whole family can enjoy.
3. Go to an ice skating rink.
4. Start a snowball fight.
5. Rake a pile of leaves and jump on in!
6. Build a snowman.
7. Go sledding!
8. Go on a hike.
Following these few simple tips could help you stave off the Holiday Ten (sort of like the Freshman 15). But lo’ and behold Femme Fitale Fit Club consulted with its certified personal trainer and we are also bringing you a major challenge this month to make sure you can slip into that little black dress New Year’s Eve. We are very excited about this program. It concentrates on developing your glutes, hamstrings and quads along with all aspects of your abs, including obliques. Ah yes…you are gonna be FINE after completing this challenge.
If you need help with accountability feel free to join our online fitness accountability group by clicking “HERE“. Consistency is KEY – so be with us as we all get fine for the New Year’s celebration and more importantly for ourselves!
This month I am doing something different. As I participate in this challenge, I plan to maintain a VLOG on my Youtube channel. I will continue to participate in my bootcamp and personal training sessions along with this challenge. To step it up a notch I also plan to detox with Essence of Vitality. I will try to post a video daily as much as I can. Since this is the busiest time of year please forgive me if I miss a day or 2 or 3. LOL! If you have a Youtube channel feel free to participate virtually in this month’s challenge and use hashtag #fffcdecember so I can find you or leave the link to your response video. No need to be out there on your own – we can do this together virtually.
Please leave a comment if you decide to join us in this months’ worth of challenges.
Challenge #2: Drink 1/2 your body weight in water
Challenge #3: Push Up Challenge posted on Facebook (click on the photo to see the full challenge)
Fitales – let’s end this year at our tip top fit self than ever before!!! Leave us a comment on our public Facebook page which stays on and POPPIN!
Disclaimer: Please consult with a physician before starting a new or unfamiliar fitness or diet program. Femme Fitale Fit Club is not liable for injury, loss of limb or death as a result of participating in this challenge. Participate at your own risk. Modifications and video demonstrations for each exercise will be posted in the EVENTS tab on our Facebook page so please sign up so you don’t miss out.
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