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Say ‘So Long’ to Holiday Weight Gain

Oops I did it again.

That’s what you might be mumbling to yourself in January. During the Holiday season it’s really hard to stay on track with your fitness and weight loss goals.

Sometimes, when you are in the middle of festivities, even the dreaded fruit cake can be hard to resist.

How can you keep yourself going strong and healthy throughout Holidays? Here are some quick and easy tips.

  • Keep exercising and moving, even if it’s in short bursts. Any exercise is good, so if you can’t make it to your favorite exercise class, do some squats, lunges, pushups, or planks at home. Or how about hang one ornament, do one squat? When gift shopping, park at the farthest away spot in the lot. Not only is it good for your body, but it’s also easier to find a parking space, which is good for your stress level.
  • Use child-sized or dessert plates when at a Holiday event. You can “fill it up” easier, tricking your mind (and that of everyone around you). A half-filled adult-sized plate looks empty. A full child-size plate looks—well—full.
  • Enlist a friend or family member to ‘stay healthy’ with you. Go to the same parties, do quick power walks together, and give one another moral support. There is strength in numbers, and it’s easier to stay “strong” with someone else supporting you.
  • Eat a low calorie salad or soup before going to events or gatherings. Fill up on the good stuff and you won’t have room for too much of the not-so-good stuff.
  • Be really “inefficient” when preparing for the Holidays. Make multiple trips to the kitchen instead of one, carry in boxes and bags one at a time, hang your own Christmas lights, carry that tree yourself, stand as much as you can (while writing Holiday cards, talking on the phone, giftwrapping, and even while doing that thing you do on social networks.)

The Holiday season only lasts about a month, but you can do your health a big disservice during that period with the “license to eat and not exercise” If you find pockets of time here and there to take care of your health you will be much happier come January, and will have far less of a hurdle to jump.

Now, where did I put that fruitcake?

Written by Helen M Ryan

Helen M. Ryan is a freelance writer, author and fitness pro. Visit her at or, or follow her on Twitter at @aspinchick.

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