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1. The holidays are such a busy time of year. Do you have any suggestions to incorporate physical activity into my jam-packed schedule? How can I prevent myself from falling off the fitness bandwagon?
It's important to establish an exercise regimen and to stick with it, even during the holidays. Exercise keeps you healthy and can help to limit the weight gain that can accompany the holiday season. If you are going to be participating in holiday parties or social events with food, remember to "earn" this by increasing your physical activity for the day. If you can discipline yourself, you may want to visit the gym. Physical activity can come in many forms, especially when you're really busy, so don't discount activities outside the walls of the fitness center.
Here are some ideas to get you started:
If you incorporate physical activity into your everyday routine, it won't feel like such a chore. An often overlooked benefit of exercise is that it helps to reduce stress - which can accompany holiday joy. Let out steam and avoid packing on the pounds by staying active through the season.
2. I have a weakness for the buffet table! What do you recommend so that I can enjoy all of the parties and social gatherings without gaining weight this holiday season?
One weight gain trap is that people often don't realize just how much they are eating when they are busy socializing. It's easy to get distracted by the conversation and to lose track of how much food you're eating when catching up with old friends and family members, so here are some tips to watch your weight during the holidays:
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