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The season might bring holiday cheer, but the temptations can also bring unwanted pounds.
The season might bring holiday cheer, but the temptations can also bring unwanted pounds.

It's a well-known fact that it’s not so easy to keep off additional weight during the holiday season. Somewhere between the Thanksgiving pies and the Christmas cookies, we tend to lose our self-control until we find ourselves standing on a scale after the new year, making weight loss resolutions we end up keeping for a month (if we’re lucky!).

But to honor the end of the Mayan Calendar (and another 2,012 years of living), why not use this season to participate in five festive exercises that will make you and your waist line feel good? And the best part is, you won’t have to do anything that you aren’t already planning on doing this holiday season.

Take the stairs

It’s so easy to take the elevator or the escalator after we’ve been walking around all day shopping, but try firming your tush by walking up stairs whenever you have the opportunity. And, hey, if you can’t do the entire trip, just do a few flights. After all, two flights are better than none.

Carry your own bags

Don’t weigh yourself down so you can’t walk but also take it easy on asking for the boyfriend’s help. Carry just enough weight so you can feel the bags and make sure you’re arms are slightly bent. You won’t reap the benefits if you let your arms hang.


Isolations are great to work individual muscles when you’re walking, standing, or sitting. If walking, try engaging your abs from the rib cage all the way to your hips. If sitting, try tightening your bottom or biceps. And if you’re standing, try various muscles and make sure to stand on two feet with your weight evenly distributed. You’ll be exercising and those around you won’t even know it.

Power walk

Tis the season to wear comfy (but fashionably sensible) shoes. And with a good set of shoes on your feet, you can really dash(er!) and prance(r!) around the malls. Take the time to walk to as many places as you can, and don’t give into the temptation of driving across the street. That’s why they have the pedestrian stop and go signs!

The Wrapping Stretch

You might think this suggestion is a stretch, but just trust us. Rather than sitting with crossed legs, try wrapping gifts while sitting in a “V” position. Spread your wrapping materials and gifts all around you, and stretch to grab each needed item. Keep your legs straight and really push yourself to go as far as you can without pushing too hard—It won’t do to be limping around during the holidays.

Save jumping on the Resolutions Bandwagon for something other than the gym, and at the end of the season, you can prove to yourself that you really can have your cake and eat it too.


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