Planning on a festive holiday season? The chances are pretty high that there will be lots of food, and fancy drinks, not once but a multitude of times.
Studies show that many people gain weight over the holidays. This is nothing new.
Perhaps it is time to begin a new tradition: putting fun into holidays and making them healthy holidays.
For everyone, a daily walk with a friend or loved one, allows you to put in some exercise time while “catching up,” or having a talk. And walking five or even seven days a week can help you shed pounds.
For the diabetic, walking at least five days a week manages blood sugar levels and allows for lower blood sugar readings.
Make it an adventure:
- Go window shopping at a mall
- Make this a time to listen and talk
- Make this a time not only to open your heart to nature but to another and share deep feelings
- Make this a time for “joy of the holidays” as you walk, wave to others, or be content with the person with whom you are walking
As an alternative to walking, go ice skating. If you are afraid of falling, there are double bladed ice skates. Or go to a farm that has a corn maze and walk the maze, it is an adventure all its own. Today bowling is getting popular, reserve time at a bowling alley for a rip roaring time. The day after Thanksgiving, when everyone is knee deep in traffic for Christmas shopping, wouldn’t it be fun to be bowling with a group of friends? But do call ahead to reserve an alley. And when the snow falls, it is time to really get out in the fresh air and build a snowman or go sledding.
And of course there is nothing like an aerobic workout to burn calories and promote weight loss. A brisk walk accomplishes that, or if you want, a walk on a treadmill, or even cycling on a stationary bike.
There is an often overlooked exercise in strength training. Increasing muscle mass reduces insulin resistance and may also target abdominal fat. Studies show that an hour of weight training twice a week lowers body fat by four percent, and helps keep away the visceral belly fat linked to inflammation and type 2 diabetes.
Making it a habit to do something every day in the way of movement and looking at it as a fun thing to do promotes health and helps us enjoy life. While the holidays may be a busy time, they will be a whole lot more enjoyable if they don’t include weight gain.
Let’s get moving!!!!!!