Brace yourself. The next 10 weeks will be filled with super-size holiday meals, precious little time to exercise and plenty of sweet treats. But that doesn’t have to mean packing on holiday pounds, says Leigh Taylor, a personal trainer at LifeWorks of Southwest General.
“So much of what we do is focused on eating as a social activity,” says Taylor. “We have to stop thinking this way and look at eating [as a way] to fuel our bodies.” She suggests starting new holiday traditions centered on physical activity, such as a Halloween hide-and-seek, Thanksgiving touch football or ice skating on Christmas Eve.
The holidays are not the time to try to lose weight — “just maintain and be happy with that,” Taylor says — but focus on food moderation and “adding activity whenever and wherever possible.” Here are some of her holiday-season activity tips: