5 ways to fight holiday weight gain

5 ways to fight holiday weight gainCookies, pies, gravy and snack mix are plentiful during the holidays – and let’s face it, they are hard to turn down! Extra snacking during the holiday season, mixed with a busy schedule that might keep some people out of the gym, can lead to unintentional weight gain. It doesn’t have to be that way! Here are five ways you can fight holiday weight gain.

  1. Indulge in decadent sweets, but eat half of what you might normally eat. Sample small bites of holiday goodies or split them with a friend!
  2. Add an extra workout to your schedule or work exercise into your day in unconventional ways. Take the stairs instead of an elevator or park further from stores or work so you’ll be take a few more steps (they add up!) Ten extra minutes of exercise a day can help immensely.
  3. Ask for a gym membership as a gift. The UF Health Fitness and Wellness Center has new equipment, experienced trainers and offers a great Member Rewards program ($9.99 a month when you work out three times a week!) The UF Health Fitness and Wellness Center also offers a seven-day free trial so you can check out the facility before you commit.
  4. Choose healthier options to parties, potlucks and holiday gatherings – think fruit or veggie trays or sugar-free snacks. This makes it easier to avoid having sugary, high-calorie foods in your home. Bake smaller portions of the unhealthy foods if you’ll be keeping them at home.
  5. When you’re at holiday gatherings, stay away from the “food table” as much as you can. Having easy access to the holiday treats can lead to overeating. Spend your time playing games or talking with friends and loved ones so you can keep your mind off food.

Following these tips can help you stay in better shape for the new year!