Shopping til you drop does not necessarily mean you will burn a ton of calories. Especially if you are foregoing your workouts for a trip to the mall to buy presents.
The hustle and bustle of the holiday season can sometimes take over our attempts to stay on a healthy lifestyle track. Tempting treats beckon us at the office, parties and the mall food court.
Put aside the excuses and plan ahead, so you will not veer off track. It is bad enough carrying around all of those shopping bags. No one wants to carry around an extra 10 to 12 pounds of baggage after the tree is down.
According to HealthGuidance.org, “The average North American gains 7 to 12 pounds over the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.”
This is a stressful time of year, so exercise is not only important to help you keep your weight down. Manage your to do list without overdoing your expectations. Also, plan a realistic time to shop and workout.
Remember, health first, not shopping. It amazes me how many people will get up at 4 a.m. to hit all the big sales, but cannot wake up a half hour earlier to do some form of exercise.
You will need the extra energy boost you get from exercise to multi-task and get everything on your “to do” and “to buy list” done.
First you want to plan ahead as to when you want to shop: Do not plan shopping during your typical workout times.
If you work from home or stay home with the kids, go first thing in the morning when you can zip in and out of the stores. You will beat the crowds and still have time for a workout.
If you work, hit the mall at lunchtime or after work and do your workout first thing in the morning.
Plan your meals and eat before you head out the door. Make sure it is a healthy meal encompassing a balance of protein, fat and non-refined carbohydrates. You can also pack some portable snacks like, nuts or an energy bar.
Navigate the food court carefully. Most fast food places have salad options. Choose a salad that has a variety of vegetables with grilled not fried chicken or fish. Avoid temptations such as burgers and fries.