Wellness Matters

Turkey Day Doesn't Mean You End Up Looking Like a Butterball!

November 19, 2014

By: Jamie Athas
Manager
Cone Health Wellness Program


The holiday season, is usually filled with many festive gatherings that often involve plenty of tempting foods and beverages.  To help avoid the weight gain many individuals experience during the holiday season, it’s important to pair dietary moderation with a fitness plan.


PLAN to Exercise
If traveling out of town for the holidays, prepare yourself to be active by packing exercise clothing.  Be realistic with your plan, and try to incorporate at least 30 minutes of physical activity into each day.

DO Something
When it comes to exercise, every little bit counts. Because holiday schedules tend to get hectic, it is often helpful to break up your workouts into increments throughout the day.  For instance, you can plan to walk briskly for 10 to 15 minutes after each meal or increase your walking while you holiday shop. If you are going to five different stores, aim for 2,000 steps in each store for a total of 10,000 steps.


GO Inside
The cold weather that often arrives with the holiday season may make some people hesitant to exercise outdoors.  There are many exercises that require a minimal amount of space that you can do in the comfort of your own home.  

The best way to jump start your heart rate is to involve the largest muscles in your body—your quadriceps, in the upper thigh area.  Squats and lunges are great exercises to work the quadriceps muscles and increase your heart rate.

Maintaining a fitness routine is not just important during the holiday season; it’s imperative in gaining overall well-being. Cone Health understands the importance of proper diet and exercise, and is dedicated to educating the community about healthy lifestyle choices.


Cone Health offers many programs for our community members throughout the network. Click here to find a class near you in the Greensboro and Reidsville areas. Click here to find a class near you in the Burlington area.
  


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