A good defence is the best offense
Know your enemy. A mere lack of awareness could be your downfall.
When it comes to the holiday season there are two main threats:
- Food, which is usually “out of sight out of mind” (like fruit pies), is suddenly everywhere. Don’t let its presence be an excuse to consume. Treat yourself, but don't binge.
- Time. As schedules get busier with parties, gift shopping and other social obligations, free time to exercise can be threatened.
Write down your important social obligations and map out your spare time. Commit some of it to working out – even if its just a half hour (see last tip). Consider it an important health obligation, just as noteworthy as the social stuff.
The more the merrier
Choose exercises that move as many body parts as possible – burpees, squat-push-press, clean and press, overhead weighted lunges. These are called compound exercises and they burn way more calories than isolated exercises that just work one muscle at a time.
Do condensed, but intense, workouts
Let the turkey be the thing that looks stuffed this year and remember, it’s a holiday from your work not your health.
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