Written By Casey Johnson, Group Fitness Manager, O2 Fitness Fuquay Varina
Halloween always seems to kick off the downward spiral into the season of binge eating and bad habits. But enjoying the holidays doesn’t have to ruin all the hard work you’ve put in since last year. This time, why not make a commitment to take just a few small steps to avoiding those holiday mishaps, while still enjoying yourself and the food around you!
Indulge a little…not a lot.
One piece of candy, or even a few, is not going to make or break all the hard work you’ve put in so far this year. But sitting down with the bag will! Don’t deprive yourself of holiday goodies all together, just have them in moderation.
Easier said then done, right?
Avoid the binge by rationing.
Stash your candy (or your kids’) out of sight and out of reach. If you have to work a little harder to access it, you won’t be quite as likely to be dipping into it all day. When you do go to have a treat, trick your craving by getting out one or two pieces at a time. Enjoy those and save the rest for later.
Make good choices throughout the day.
Too many times we make one bad food choice and then just chalk up the whole day. Instead, just continue making good food choices the rest of the day, and then those few pieces of candy or that piece of pie won’t be such a big deal.
Hang out anywhere but the food table!
Holidays are always a great excuse to have a party, but they don’t have to be a good excuse to lose control. Enjoy the food offered but avoid hanging out next to the table where you’re more likely to continue to dip into snack food. Fix a plate and then walk away.
Head back to the gym!
Of course, nothing feels better than burning off those extra calories from a pack of M&Ms or some candy corn. When the holidays get the best of you, have fun, shrug it off and then head to your nearest O2 Fitness location for some great fitness classes. Check out how many calories you’re burning (on average) each time…
BODYSTEP 620 BODYFLOW 390 BODYCOMBAT 737 RPM 675
SH’BAM 506 BODYPUMP 530 BODYATTACK 735 CX30 230
Fun Fact: A miniature Twix bar has 50 calories, a Milky Way 40 calories, and a Snickers 80 calories. Guess how many treats that is per class? You do the math and then enjoy!