It’s hard to believe, but the holiday season is almost here. And while this pandemic may make Thanksgiving look a little different from years past, one thing is still for sure: There will be no shortage of eating.
Heaps of holiday helpings have a way of sticking around the waistline long after the decorations come down. Especially because the calendar creates a calorically catastrophic combination of food-centric celebrations in a short time span.
Halloween opens it with loads of sweets. And often, we continue to snack on our secret stash of leftover candy. Then comes November and December’s fattening, festive fare. And this year, it might be tempting to indulge more than normal to reward ourselves for coping with the COVID-19 pandemic.
With this knowledge in mind, it’s only logical to implement a wellness plan that stops the weight gain train from visiting popular destinations such as the stomach and hips. And, luckily, it’s a much easier task than you’d expect. Follow these helpful healthy habits leading up to Thanksgiving:
Work on your wellness. Because we are often eating, drinking, and lounging more often during the holidays, it’s important to enter the season as your healthiest self.
Consider a calorie deficit. If you’ve been struggling to lose those last pounds, now is a good time to buckle down. The safest way to create a calorie deficit is by cutting out sugary snacks and sodas. By eliminating the unnecessary, empty calories from cake, ice cream, or even a morning bagel with cream cheese (which can be a whopping 500 calories), you’ll quickly start to shed the weight, and you’ll have more energy, too.
Exercise every day. This time of year can be hectic, so you’ll want a routine that’s to the point, and hits all the major muscle groups responsible for burning the most calories. For the circuit below, all you need is 20 minutes and a yoga mat. Repeat the circuit three times with minimal rest between exercises to keep your heart rate elevated and ensure maximum benefits. Let’s get started:
Knee-based push-up twist
Stationary lunge rotation