Small, Extra Steps You Can Take to Stay Fit During the Holidays
The TODAY show’s health and nutrition expert, Joy Bauer, suggests everyday ways you can maintain your shape amidst all of that holiday eating and drinking.
You may be nervous about the next two weeks – after spending Christmas at home with the family (mom’s lasagna!) and New Year’s Eve out with friends (more champagne!), the number on the bathroom scale will surely increase, even if you’ve been a good girl and have been going to the gym.
Luckily, Joy Bauer, the TODAY show’s fitness and nutrition expert and author of Your Inner Skinny, has some extra steps you can add to your daily routine to prevent this from happening. “The idea here is to step up the daily incidental activity you’re doing on top of your normal workout routine,” says Joy. To avoid that post-holiday bulge through New Year’s and beyond. try Joy’s simple yet effective ideas:
“Besides going to the gym, walk while you talk on your cell phone. Take it outside or pace around your apartment or house.”
“Take the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator.”
“Lose liquid calories by dropping the juices, smoothies, soda, etc. When you’re not drinking water, drink unsweetened coffee or tea, or naturally flavored seltzer for beverages that don’t pack a calorie punch.”
“Stop asking your spouse or kids to get the phone, the mail, or the remote. Get it yourself.”
“Slow down. Studies show that if you slow down while eating you will eat less. So take your time, enjoy your food, and stop yourself before eating everything in front of you. It’s been said that this cuts 60 calories off of each meal – and that will add up. “
“Bring the groceries into your house one at a time instead of trying to carry as much as you can at once.”