Tis the season to be jolly. Jolly? Santa is jolly. I don’t want to be jolly, I want to be thin. But I also want to taste all of the yummy holiday goodies at all of the gatherings that I’ll be attending this year, without becoming jolly in the process. Here are a few suggestions of some simple activities that can add up to big calorie loss. Remember to talk to your doctor before beginning any new activity to determine if you are healthy enough for that activity.
Walk the dog. If you don’t have a dog, borrow someone else’s. (In fact this would make a nice part time job.) Walking the dog is so much more vigorous than just walking, for me anyway. For example, I wouldn’t wander the common area aimlessly without the dogs. I also tend to walk farther with the dogs because it is a lot more fun.
Work in the yard. Pull weeds, plant flowers, spread mulch, or edge borders, it doesn’t matter. Yard work is hard work. Self.com offers this free yard work calculator. You’ll be surprised at how many calories you burn. I sure was. This is a no brainer for me. I love to work in the yard, and I still have a lot of clean up to do before I get my winter flowers planted.
Clean. This is absolutely one of the most productive things that you can do. Whenever I finish a cleaning project, I feel a huge sense of satisfaction. Fitday.com provides this free calculator for housework. My results were 162 calories an hour for general housework. To be honest, I like housework a lot better than I like most exercise. For one thing, I can see the results of housework right away. So it’s easy for me to clean the house for two straight hours, and not likely that I’ll exercise for two hours straight any time soon.
Go the distance. Park as far away as you can. Make sure that you are in a safe environment when you do this. If it’s not safe, park up front. Otherwise, park your car as far as possible from the entrance as you can, whether it’s work, church, the grocery store, or anywhere else. Skip the elevator and take the stairs, when you have the choice.
When all else fails, work out. You can easily make a commitment to add three thirty minute sessions of cardio activity to your schedule during the holiday season. This is in addition to your current exercise routine, and just a darn good idea for anyone who doesn’t already have a current exercise routine. It’s so easy to do. Just walk on the treadmill or in the neighborhood, play Frisbee with the dogs in the yard, or pop in a thirty minute exercise DVD. Three days a week is all it takes.
So now that you have some ideas on how to keep off the excess weight during the holidays, you can go to all the parties and dinners that you want to, knowing that you have a plan to avoid gaining weight from all of the extra food you are eating at this time of year. Incorporate these or any activities into your schedule as often as possible during the holiday season, and you will find that keeping the party weight off is easier than you think.