The holiday season is in full swing again--which means it’s time for the blogosphere to come out in full force with an obligatory barrage of advice on how to keep those Santa pounds off this month! Standee Co. is jumping into the fray with our own list of helpful hints to keep you feeling slim and healthy during the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Standing while working can have great impact on heart health, posture, and even help you shed some pounds-- and we’ve got a perfect last minute gift for that special someone in your life who needs a pick me up at work: a standing desk! But aside from standing desks here are 4 other helpful tips to stay healthy this holiday season.
1. Avoid the Sales guy’s box of See’s
Conventional wisdom pegs Halloween as the candy holiday, but in a close second place comes the month of December. It seems that practically everywhere you look during this month you can find a metallic foil-wrapped treat. Whether it’s mini peanut butter cups, kisses, chocolate mints or golden wrapped coins-- the opportunities to spoil your appetite and overdose on sugar are endless. There’s nothing wrong with a self-love and indulgence during this season, but the key is to not overdue it. Try to find moderate limits on your own consumption. Best place to start? With the holiday office candy from Steve, the random sales guy who drops in once every year in December with a box of chocolates to remind you that he’s still alive and waiting patiently for a call. Steve’s box of chocolates are less about you and more about him anyways. He doesn’t care in the slightest what you do with that box, he just hopes you think of him when you’re downing your fourth chocolate of the morning. So do Steve a favor and avoid those chocolates, just like you avoided him all year.
2. Opt to Shop in Person-- Not Online
I know what you’re thinking: what terrible advice! “Why would I choose to brave the wintry weather and unrelenting crowds, the timesuck traffic and self-absorbed shoppers to complete my gift shopping? I have an Amazon account, and a credit card, and a cozy spot right next to the fireplace--I have everything I need!” Sure, that’s one way to look at it. But there are hidden benefits in braving the brick and mortar shops in place of the online market. Did you know that if you shop for three hours walking at an average pace of 3.5 miles per hour you can burn up to 750 calories? Take the stairs instead of the elevator and park further from the door and you can be a calorie burning machine. Shopping out is a perfect excuse to work off all those chocolates Steve left for you if you had trouble avoiding them.
3. Use Smaller Plates at Dinner
The Holiday Season is a time for decadence and elegance. It’s a time to bust out the fancy china collecting dust all year and dish up some family favorites that pack a caloric punch. The best way to keep active while indulging yourself at the dinner table is to opt for a smaller plate. Instead of using the big dinner plate in the china set, grab the smaller salad plate. At the very least this will require you to get up and move between helpings. Moving while eating will help you determine just how full you are and if you really need that second-- or third!-- serving. And maybe, just maybe, the smaller plate will help you control your portions below button bursting levels.
4. Start Working Out Now
In a few short weeks, the throngs of overstuffed, ephemeral denizens of the fitness center will be back to make good on a half-hearted commitment to shedding their holiday regret. Don’t be one of them! Take advantage of the thin attendance at the gym, now. Be proactive about maintaining a routine now during the holiday hustle so you will have a leg up on all the sorry treadmill trotters come January 1st. And if you can’t find time to make it to the gym, find an at home workout program that doesn’t require weights, machines, or a whole lot of time for you to break a sweat and stay active. For the last three weeks, we’ve been competing against each other in the Freeletics Strength and Cardio Program, every day at lunch. While we definitely still have our pooches, our energy levels have shot up and our strength and agility have greatly improved in just a short amount of time.