Win the Battle of the Bulge

Win the Battle of the Bulge

Yes, indeed, the holiday season is here. From gathering with family and friends to share a Thanksgiving meal through celebrating the birth of Christ and then ringing in the New Year, most of us enjoy the six-week long season…too much. Combine the fact that all the hustle and bustle leave less time for exercise with a significant increase in opportunities to eat and eat and eat, and most of us will gain 5 to 10 pounds. (Sorry to rain on your cheesecake.)

But it doesn’t have to be that way. You can avoid or at least minimize the impact upon your waistline and health by making a decision from the beginning to win the battle of the bulge and still fully enjoy yourself. The best offense is a good defense, and here are some simple steps you can incorporate that will help:

Plan ahead. As the “Family Feast” or office party approaches, adjust your food choices for the meals before it.
Be selective. Don’t eat just because it’s in front of you. Be aware of the nutritional value of the foods you choose.
Self-control. Eat only until you are satisfied and not until you are full. Sample and enjoy the main entrees while sticking with basic vegetable, salad, and fruit portions.

Increase your calorie-burning level. Integrate exercises into your day that you can do anytime and virtually anywhere. Park a greater distance from the entrances of malls and shops and walk whenever you can rather than drive.

Keep your family and friends moving. Instead of naps, take after-dinner strolls together. Plan group activities such as riding bikes or hiking in the woods.

Beat the weather. If the weather is bad, don’t let it keep you down. Many shopping malls welcome walkers and are a safe place to get your exercise. Some schools open their doors early for people to walk the hallways.

Crank up your exercise program. Add a power calisthenics such as a standard push-up or perhaps an ab sculpting program to your routine. A few minutes can work wonders.

About John e. Peterson:

JOHN PETERSON, internationally renowned strength and fitness coach and creator of the Transformetrics™ Training System, knows the painful reality of struggling to overcome physical adversity. At the age of four John was a victim of the dreaded disease polio, which left him with horribly misshapen legs that doctors were forced to break and reset—all without anesthesia for the ...

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