How to Battle Your Holiday Bulge

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Pixmac000012143591The holidays are a joyful time for me. However, they are also a very busy time filled with parties, shopping, and gatherings. Food always accompanies these occasions and I always manage to consume much more than a comfortable portion.

This year proved to be no different than any other and I’m looking forward to a new beginning in 2014.  Learn a few tips to help counteract that Holiday Hiatus we took while busily preparing and celebrating throughout the last few weeks.

6 Natural Tips for Getting Fit this New Year

1. Make an appointment with yourself.

Walk, exercise, make time for fitness and wellness by scheduling time into your day for walking or other aerobic activity.

2. Join a fitness club.

As the weather turns and the days grow darker earlier, it’s understandable that going out to exercise in the dark could turn into both a cold and unsafe experience. If outdoor exercise doesn’t work then bring the exercise indoors and check out the local YMCA.

3. Bring exercise into the home.

Download a simple exercise or beginner Yoga video fromm Netflix or You Tube or consider borrowing a DVD from your local library if funds are tight. Get a pedometer at your local Walmart and head to the nearest mall to go walking. The 10,000 steps a day Global Challenge is a free health promotion program that encourages the use of step-counting pedometers to monitor your daily physical activity levels.

4. Keep warm by protecting your head, hands and feet.

More than 70% of your body heat escapes from your head, hands and feet. Maintain your body head by wearing a cap, gloves and thick socks when exercising in the cold.

5. Drink lighter.

Buy low fat egg nog, eliminate desserts, cut back on empty calories from alcohol and try hot tea instead of hot chocolate.

6. Keep Vitamin D in check.

In the fall and winter, exposure to sunlight decreases which is why patients often experience a corresponding decrease in their Vitamin D levels. Vitamin D supplements to compensate for this diminished exposure to sunlight may be advisable for these patients. New evidence suggests that minimum recommended intake is 2000 IU/day so check with your doctor to make sure your bone labs, including Vitamin D, Calcium, Phosphorous and Magnesium are adequate.

Moshe Lewis MD, www.thejetmd.com

My group of running friends has decided to meet New Year’s Day for a run! How do you plan to start the new year off on the right foot?

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