Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Feasts: It's Time to Exercise (No Gym Required)

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The approaching wintertime is a time for planning toward another bountiful and even healthier year.  Here are some tried and true ways to do just that on  a budget.
The approaching wintertime is a time for planning toward another bountiful and even healthier year. Here are some tried and true ways to do just that on a budget. | Source

Weight gain? Here's a way to make the weight gain wait:

Already our students who are working on weight reduction and improving their health are concerned about how to avoid the almost traditional weight gains over the holidays. Here are tips I give them for some planning toward an even healthier holiday season this time around.

1. Plan some fun exercises you can include in the days ahead.

2. Taking a bus to a nearby indoor mall should be included in the fun, because the decorations will get you in the mood for the remaining holidays, and you can get in several miles of exercise just by walking where it is warm and fun.

3. Did you know you have a gymnasium right where you live? While commercial spa and fitness centers can charge "an arm and a leg" to give you access to expensive equipment, you can duplicate such fitness equipment on a shoestring! It doesn't require a swimming pool to duplicate such movements right in your living room (5-10 minutes). Leg lifts/abs/upper body strength can be done using leftover gallon milk jugs partially filled or filled with water, and doubled plastic shopping bags with a bag of salt or sugar inside (10 minutes). The tried and true calisthenic exercises (sit ups, squats, modified push ups) require no equipment at all (5 minutes). Those expensive "stair climbers" at the spa are no more than regular stairs at home or nearby (5 minutes). Most weather (when properly dressed) permits a good walk, perhaps with a hill or two thrown in, and this season of cool-to-cold air means you will burn those extra calories more quickly with no likelihood of the heat exhaustion which vigorous summer activity can produce (10-15 minutes).Furthermore, riding a stationary bike is never as much fun as riding a real one!

4. When it's icy underfoot, check the local bus schedule and catch the bus to stroll the malls. You won't just catch the "holiday spirit". You will find all the spirit which comes from regular, healthy exercise, and burning those extra holiday calories.

Happy holidays! Routine exercise could just be the best gift you can give yourself and your loved ones!

Besides, you can't burn many calories just sitting there writing all those holiday greetings cards, and at the table enjoying each of the holiday feasts!

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Copyright 2012 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.

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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

Excellent advise, but I live 8 blocks from a knoll and 16 blocks from the Pacific and the donut lady down the hill is not bad looking. Unfortunately Dec. 2010, I lost my mobility.


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btrbell 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

Great ideas! I have always felt that it isn't wise to fight the urges during the holidays when there are always good foods being offered. I think stepping up on the exercise is a great way to combat it and to help clear your head from the "fog" of too many heavy foods! Thanks for a great hub! Up and useful!


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rfmoran 4 years ago from Long Island, New York

Good stuff here P. If we plan to exercise with elaborate equipment the danger is we'll never do it. Two feet and the space to walk in are the best forms of equipment. I agree with you that the easier it is to exercise the more likely we are to do it.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Mhatter99: Good lesson therein: you can miss something that others have never really tried. Good exercise not only becomes desirable, it becomes addictive (endorphins, serotonin, etc.) Upper body becomes your focus, and the milk jugs, 10 lb. salt and sugar bags still facilitate that. We each have to work with what we have and where we are at. Cut back to "just the donut holes" and you will continue to be "not bad looking" too.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

btrbell: Benjamin Franklin said it before you did, when he said "Overeating dulls the mind." P. S. some natural content of the turkey meat makes you inclined to that after dinner nap...a good escape from doing all those dishes.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

rfmoran : Forming good habits is easier than forming bad ones. The difficulty with bad habits is breaking them. Good habits never need to be broken. They just get stronger and stronger.

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