The average American gains 5 pounds or more from Thanksgiving to the New Year.
With the holidays already in full swing fitness can easily take a back seat
Holidays should be filled with joy, laughter, family and friends; but, in such a fun social setting, there is typically a lot of food and maybe even alcohol.
A study from the New England Journal of Medicine found that 5 or more pounds are put on during the holidays. That is a significant amount for a six week period.
A lot of this weight gain is due to overeating and under-exercising. There are many excuses that can be said about why people aren’t getting into the gym. “I need to clean my house,” and “I need to cook food” are some of the more common ones. These are very valid reasons to not be in the gym a few days before hosting a large party with friend and family, but there isn’t a valid excuse to not be physically active.
It is very easy to be active at home. The holidays are definitely a busy time of the year, which is why you should be more active. With the holidays comes a lot of stresses of coordinating, cleaning, and whatever else is needed to have the best closure to the year. If you have stress, working out actually releases something called endorphins triggering your brain to create a positive feeling.
Above is a quick easy workout that takes about 30-35 minutes and can be easily done at home. You may have to get creative with the Good Mornings and Rows for weight, but if you have anything that can create resistance you can do it. Also, this is just a supplemental workout for the days you honestly can’t make it to the gym. Do it while you’re baking grandma’s finest apple pie!
Avoid that holiday weight gain and remain active.