Banish the Christmas kilos creep

Good Health Magazine
Friday, December 10, 2010
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Love holidays but loathe the weight gain? By following a few easy tips, you may be able to avoid putting on extra kilos this year, writes Rachel Smith

Turn TV time into exercise time
When you're on holidays, it's tempting to sloth out in front of the idiot box, but try to limit those television marathon sessions over the festive season. If you must, have a rummage through the garage and dust off the forgotten fitness equipment to use instead of sitting on the couch, says Sarnelli. "If you are going to watch TV, set up some cardio equipment such as a treadmill or stationary bike to use during your TV viewing times."

Pack a workout kit
Whether you're heading to your parents' place or hopping on a plane, don't forget to pack a workout kit, says Rule. "Anyone heading off on holidays should, as a rule of thumb, pack a good pair of running shoes, a pedometer, a sports bra, and a resistance band so you can squeeze in a quick workout no matter what."

Get your workout done early
Forego the sleep-in and get moving first thing, suggest researchers at the University of Birmingham. Apparently, 'fasting' workouts, when you exercise on an empty stomach, can accelerate fat-burning effects, while research from the Mollen Clinic in the US has found that people who commit to morning workouts are still in the habit a year later. "The bottom line is when you commit to exercising in the morning, you bypass excuses and shed the [weight] faster because you are more consistent," says Jorge Cruise, US fitness guru and author of 8 Minutes in the Morning (HarperCollins, $23.95).

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