Your Strategy for Success During the Holiday Season
Over the next 4 weeks, the Holiday party season will be in full swing. For some of you, you will be attending one or two parties a weekend, and greeted by your hosts with bountiful food and libations. This time of year is the best time to celebrate the season and enjoy time with family and friends. But if you are not careful, you can overdo the festivities and end up setting yourself back over the holiday season.
Just how many calories can you consume in 1 party? (approximate values):
1 Alcoholic Drink: 120 calories to 300 calories.
1 Cup of Cider: 120 calories.
1 Cup of Eggnog: 350 calories.
½ Cup of Mixed Nuts: 400 calories.
1 Ounce of Chips: 200 calories.
1 Slice of Dessert: 400 calories to 800 calories.
But who stops at 1 drink, ½ cups of nuts, and 1 ounce of chips???
So, triple the amounts for each of these and you are looking at upwards of 2200 calories…but that doesn’t include having a meal! A large holiday dinner, like Thanksgiving, can add up to anywhere between 3000 calories to 4500 calories.
The trouble comes when we have to deal with those extra calories that we have packed into our bodies:
If you consider that if you were to run at a moderate pace for 1 mile you will burn about 100 calories. In order to burn off your Holiday party…let’s say a drink, appetizers, dinner and dessert of about 4500 calories…you will need to run 45 Miles!
Tips for Holiday Parties
Please don’t consider this a blog that is suggesting you should forgo enjoying your favorite holiday foods. Let’s be realistic. You can indulge but by having a strategy during the party season, you can still enjoy yourself, eat your favorite foods, and not gain any weight as we head in to the new year.
Or as I have done with a couple friends...take part in a local 5k! *(see picture above)-Why not walk a 5k with friends? Most races this time of year are Holiday themed, so you not only boost your exercise but you also get a shot of Holiday spirit! And most importantly 5k races are a great way to support fundraisers for your community and medical research.
Here are some additional exercise ideas: No time for a local race? Fear of getting involved in a race? Bare minimum take a walk and do regular strength training exercise. A walk or a few strengthening exercises will burn calories and boost your metabolism.
Here are some simple strengthening exercises you can do no matter where you are—whether in your office at work, at home with the kids, or out of town visiting friends or family: (Do not attempt if you have an active injury in any part of your body).
There is no need to pack on the pounds this Holiday Season! Figure out a plan now, and then when the festivities start, just work this strategy!
If for any reason you feel that an injury is holding you back from taking that quick walk, enjoying your usual exercise class or trying these exercises, give me a call or email at BodyFiT Physical Therapy, 860-507-7365; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don’t let an injury stop you from enjoying this Holiday Season!