Shedding the Holiday Weight: Home Exercises to Get You Back on Track
All those pies, hams, queso de bola, lechon, and loads and loads of sweets and desserts don’t come without consequences, but you don’t have to sacrifice your taste buds or miss out on the goodies just because you don’t want to gain a little holiday weight. You can try out these tips HERE (http://taste.company/trends/body-fitness-habits/) for some pre-buffet preps, but afterward, these simple, easy, and sure-fire little tips can help you shave off those unwanted pounds for your “balik alindog” program this New Year. Best of all, you don’t even have to leave your home to do them!
- Start your day right.
It might seem like a great big effort to think about exercising the moment you open your eyes in the morning, but starting your day with just a quick routine helps ensure a better behaviour all throughout the day. Brain scans have indicated that exercising in the morning not only helps you be more active for the rest of the day, but it also helps you curb those unhealthy food cravings and irresistible table temptations.
Just a simple 15-minute yoga sequence at home can already greatly help you maintain your fitness level, and if you’re not into yoga, you can do a 15-minute jumping rope sequence to shave off 190 calories at once. And who doesn’t have an extra 15 minutes per day for personal health?
- Do some finger exercises.
Don’t worry if it sounds weird—it’s highly effective when it’s time to refuse those generous second helpings (you can also try these tips on eating mindfully HERE: https://www.shape.com/weight-loss/tips-plans/holiday-weight-loss-tips) . Place your thumb and the fingers of one hand on your forehand, approximately half an inch apart. Then, when you feel like you’re about to give in to some nasty food temptations, tap each finger one at a time, once per second, and muster up enough willpower to restrain yourself. Wait about 15-20 minutes, and you’ll be amazed that the craving will actually disappear. Go ahead—give it a try!
- De-stress and let go.
The holiday season is usually also one of the most stressful times of the year, with all the get-togethers and gift-shopping and the reunions left and right. Stress can help trigger all those unnecessary cravings, so before you give in to those sugar and carbs, keep yourself from being overwhelmed by simply meditating at home. It also helps if you understand the nature of your cravings and why holiday weight is so common for everyone (https://paleoleap.com/paleo-holiday-weight-gain/) , and when you’re done understanding what emotional eating means, sit yourself down and take time to breathe in and breathe out. Practice some deep breathing, mindfulness, and letting go.
- Set realistic holiday weight loss goals.
People often set lofty weight loss goals for the New Year, and end up feeling like huge failures when they realize they can’t get it done. Impractical targets can only negatively impact your long-term goals and slow you down even more, so make sure you keep your holiday weight loss goals attainable. You can also place a visible note to yourself to help you keep track of your progress—perhaps on the fridge or on your work desk.
Then, get started with some functional exercise. Try to work multiple muscle groups at the same time to help promote muscle gain and good metabolism. Make conscious decisions to walk more during the day simply by taking the stairs or maybe even parking your car a little bit farther from the entrance of the supermarket or the mall.
- Schedule your home exercises with discipline.
Just like you adhere to strict deadlines and schedules when it comes to your work or your personal appointments, make sure that you treat your holiday weight home exercises the same way. After all, you wouldn’t miss a scheduled doctor’s appointment, right? So why should you miss a quick workout session at home? Do some jumping jacks, or go high-knee running in place. Or better yet, task your partner, sibling, or family member to exercise at home with you—man is a social creature after all, and it’s always better to have someone go through the same things with you!
- Stay positive, and give yourself a break.
After all of these tips, you might still end up with a slip-up or two, especially when that slice of tiramisu just looks so delectable on the table. Fret not—you can give yourself a break every now and then, because what’s the point of losing all that holiday weight if you’re not at least a little bit nicer to yourself? Take things one step at a time, and relax to keep those stress-induced cortisols at bay. Stay positive, and be proud of yourself for your little accomplishments and healthy decisions throughout each day—and don’t forget to practice good sleep hygiene too!
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