Holiday Calories and Workouts

It’s that time of year where if you allow it, everything can get in the way of you getting your workouts in.

The average person gains 7-12 pounds during the holiday season.

Of course a HUGE part of that is in the food that is everywhere but just as key is the lack of consistent workouts.

Put at its absolute most basic, you gain weight when you take in more calories than you expend. And if you are eating all kinds of yummy treats (more calories) and not burning anything extra it’s easy to see where those pounds just creep on. Not don’t misunderstand me; you CAN NOT out work a bad diet.

BUT making sure that you stay consistent with your workouts IS still important for more than a few reasons:

– It burns calories
– If you do metabolic work or strength work vs Steady state cardio you will KEEP burning calories even when the workout is over
– Strength training adds muscle. Muscle burns more calories to exist (which helps keep weight gain at bay)
– Staying consistent with your workouts, keeps you in the right frame of mind to not go CRAZY with your food. If you know you just busted your hump working out that day you will think twice before you eat yet another cookie or piece of candy at work.

So you have GOT to schedule your workouts like any other important appointment that you would not break for anything less than a true emergency.

You also need to be realistic, if you normally are hitting up Boot Camp or the gym 4-5 days a week that may not be possible while family is in town or as you prep for your festivities. So instead of scheduling 5 days and failing, schedule 3 days in-studio (or at your gym) and schedule 2 workouts that you can do at home.

In fact I have one for you right here: [video_player type=”youtube” width=”560″ height=”315″ align=”center” margin_top=”0″ margin_bottom=”20″]aHR0cDovL3lvdXR1LmJlL0NKTklULXU3bF9F[/video_player]

It takes just 15 minutes (not including your warm-up) so you can for sure squeeze it in no matter how hectic your schedule gets.

 

Comments

  1. Sarai. thanks for keeping the spice in the programcan you please post a video with a good overall warm upthank you

    • You’re welcome Sara. Yes I have added that to my to-do list. I will post a general warm-up video soon. Thanks for the suggestion.