Balance Your Holiday Season
Posted December 02, 2013
The holiday season is here bringing many tasty foods and drinks we all look forward to. It’s ok to indulge a bit, however, balance between physical activity and the food and drink choices you make is key to ensure your optimal health. So what will you do this holiday season for your health?
By Charles William, Personal Training Director, David D. Hunting YMCA
If you are like most, you probably aren’t planning to start an exercise program until after the holidays. If you wait until January, you may be finding yourself up a few pounds when you start.
Here are activities you can complete that equals the calories we all will indulge in this holiday season:
- If you have that glass of wine (150 calories) then get the family to play a friendly game of touch football for 20 minutes.
- For every ¼ cup of gravy (100 calories) do 25 minutes of heavy cleaning.
- For that slice of pumpkin pie (315 calories) go out and dance for 40 minutes.
- If you drink a cup of egg nog ( 340 calories) you owe the elliptical machine 40 minutes, add that shot of spiced rum you better stay on it another 15 minutes.
- Eat 2/3 a cup of green bean casserole (110 calories) then make it up with a 15 minute brisk walk.
- For a cup of stuffing (200 calories) you can jump on that exercise bike at a moderate pace for 25 minutes.
- Every slice of ham (45 calories) is 9 more minutes of yoga class you will need to attend.
Begin your action plan today to help avoid the holiday gain and keep yourself going strong. If you are looking for some extra motivation and encouragement, the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids can help. Tour one of our facilities where our staff, instructors and personal trainers are ready to help you along your path to good health and celebrate each success along the way. If you are looking for an accountability partner to keep you on track during the holidays, check out our personal training options. There are so many different ways to exercise effectively and hiring a personal trainer is a great way to learn what is safe and how to exercise to save you time.