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Holiday Exercise is Beneficial

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, December 11, 2018

FieldHouse, Sudbury, MAThe holidays are here. Being physically active this time of year can help people maintain their weight or even lose a pound or two. Plus, it can relieve stress and improve health.

Consider the benefits: Regular physical activity has been shown to lower the risk of early death, help control weight and reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, depression, some types of cancer, and many other conditions. It also lowers the risk of cognitive decline and hip fractures.

By the start of the New Year, many people will resolve to get in better shape, but it’s not too soon to start now.

Here are some of the benefits of exercise.

There are advantages of exercising during the holidays.

Exercise does take some time from your busy day, but there are benefits. You can use that time to think about what gifts to give, to plan your to-do list, to connect with friends for holiday walks and runs, to reflect and to give yourself the gift of health. Exercise disconnects you from e-mails, phones and screens and allows much needed “thinking time.”

Many people start exercising at the first of the year, but lots don’t stick with it.

People will maintain an exercise program if it offers benefits. So you’d better embark upon an exercise program that is not only realistic for you but nourishes your soul.

For example, if you and your partner promise to go once a week with some friends, you’ll likely have more fun — and stick to the program.

Walking is the most popular exercise and you can get more from your walking routine.

Walking works. Put some pep in your step, find a friend and enjoy a brisk walk ‘n’ talk. Plan it into a lunch hour, or find some other way to give purpose and meaning to the walk. That is walk the dog, walk to the post office, walk alongside your child who is slowly riding a bike.

Weight training is important.

Weight Training through lifting weights, dumbbells or your body weight, stimulates muscles to grow stronger. Strong muscles tug on tendons and bones, making them stronger. Strong muscles and bones mean fewer falls and broken bones.

When planning your weekly program, keep this in mind: Lifting once a week maintains muscle mass; twice a week builds muscles. Lifting any type of weight is better than lifting no weights. A gallon of water weighs 8 pounds, a bag of sugar 5 pounds. So be creative.

Too tired to exercise when you get home from work, and find it hard to squeeze in a workout before they go to work?

Finding time to exercise can be a challenge, but if you really want to, you will find it. Get off the bus a few stops early and walk for 15 minutes on your way home from the office. Sit on an exercise ball office chair.

Exercise is an investment in good health. We all need to move our bodies for health reasons. Take note: You will find plenty of time to be sick if you cannot find time to stay healthy.

Not eating enough may be the biggest problems with most people’s diets when it comes to staying healthy and exercising at their peak.

The biggest problem with diets is under-eating at breakfast and lunch, only to overindulge at night. Fuel by day and lose weight at night rather than diet by day only to blow it by night. Experiment with front-loading your calories and observe the benefits: more energy, less hunger, more productivity, fewer snack attacks, feel better. You’ll be better able to eat a smaller dinner and create the calorie deficit at night. Then you can lose weight when sleeping instead of during the busy part of the day.

For more holiday weight loss tips, contact the FieldHouse in Sudbury.

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Tips to Keep Your Fitness Plan On Track During The Holidays

Joseph Coupal - Monday, November 13, 2017

FieldHouse, Sudbury, MAReady or not, the holidays are here. With all the feasting and shopping and party-going and year-end budgeting, it can be tough to keep up a regular exercise routine.

But research shows that taking just a week or two off from exercise can erase months of favorable metabolic gains, and gaining just 1 percent of your body weight can have serious health implications.

Fortunately, it doesn’t take a lot of activity to prevent both of those things from happening. So by developing these five small, but effective, habits, you can survive the holidays with your health and fitness intact:

1. Schedule Your Workouts

Sitting down on the weekend and planning your workouts for the week ahead can be the most effective 15 minutes you spend on your health and fitness. By writing your workouts into your schedule, you’ll be more likely to regard them as protected time and actually do them.

Just stay flexible by checking in a couple of times during the week to make adjustments as soon as you know about things that have popped up. This lets you create a back-up plan for those extra busy days, rather than being caught off guard and having to ditch your workout.

2. Put Exercise First

By far, the best way to ensure that you don’t miss a workout is to do it first thing in the morning. Not only does this guarantee that unforeseen interruptions in your schedule won’t interfere with exercise, but studies have shown that our will power is higher early in the day before we’ve had to exert a lot of self-control.

Devoting the first 20 to 30 minutes of each day to exercise not only makes it more likely to happen, but an early morning workout could help you fight food cravings throughout the day, too.

3. Recruit an Exercise Buddy

Another great way to motivate yourself over the holidays is to make a pact with a friend or group of friends. Even if you don’t workout together, checking in with someone else daily will make you think twice about skipping a session.

If your friends are all couch potatoes, head online to find an accountability partner. Around the holidays especially, social media is bursting with workout challenges and support networks.

4. Take Advantage of Seasonal Offerings

Your local gym is another great place to find inspiration, and it’ll almost certainly be offering specials on membership fees, class packages and monthly rates during the holidays.

If you’re lucky enough to live in a town with a few competing fitness centers, you may be able to enjoy free trials at multiple facilities. It’s the perfect way to compare facilities and find the one that offers the best mix of value and services.

5. Plan Ahead for Travel

If you’ll be spending the holidays away from home, it’s imperative that you have a quick and easy travel workout in your repertoire.

This needn’t be your typical high-quality workout to be effective. A simple routine consisting of three to five exercises you can do with no equipment in a very small space is enough to keep you on track until you can get back to your usual routine.

And Squeeze in Mini-Workouts

One more thing: Because you might not get to exercise every day during the holidays, or the workouts you do get in might not be as robust as usual, try to focus on sneaking in short bursts of activity as often as you can throughout each day.

These “activity snacks” can be as simple as a trip up and down the stairs in your home, a walk around the block with the grand-kids or a few deep knee bends during the commercial breaks when you’re watching football.

Studies have shown that walking just over a mile a day or doing three four-minute bouts of high-intensity exercise per week may be enough to help you maintain your weight and fitness level. By using the tips provided here, you should have ample time and motivation to do that much or more this holiday season.

For more information on for help creating a fitness plan, contact The FieldHouse in Sudbury.

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