The No. 1 key to avoiding Holiday weight gain is to get/keep moving
Had to laugh a little the other day as Crow Creek boys coach, Billy Joe Sazue posted this on Facebook on Monday...."I don't mean to brag, but I'm pretty sure I gained 28 lbs this week, you guys. #LNI2017"
Well, for a lot of us Lakota Nation 2017 meant a whole lot of eating and a whole lot of sitting and not much exercise in between. So, after four days of limited activity, here comes Christmas and then next week here comes New Years.
Eat, drink and be merry and hit Jan. 1 adding 10-15 in the final three weeks of 2017.
There are a ton of thoughts about avoiding weight gain during the Holiday...eat more protein, avoid alcohol, serving sizes, etc, etc...
But, the No. 1 way you can avoid gaining weight during the Holiday is to stay active.
One of the most effective ways to maintain or lose body weight is to engage in regular, sustained aerobic activity (*).To burn off those extra calories, kick up your exercise. If you exercise for 30 minutes a day, increase it to 45 minutes. If you exercise three times a week, move it up to five times a week.
Exercise is a great way to burn those extra calories you may be taking in this time of year (remember those iced reindeer cookies you had with lunch?). Here are some ideas to get you moving:
If you have a stationery bicycle or treadmill at home, dust it off and put it in front of the television or radio for some background entertainment while you’re exercising. Why not watch your favorite television show and exercise at the same time?
Go to the library and get a book on tape or CD, listen to it and read (so-to-speak) as you exercise.
Haven’t used your gym-pass in awhile? Hire a personal trainer to teach you effective calorie-burning techniques, or join that kick boxing class you’ve always wanted to try.
Go for a morning or evening walk alone or with a friend.
Put a little kick in your cleaning technique. Fire up some music and dance while you clean. Who ever knew cleaning could be so fun?
That said, the Rosebud Sioux Tribe's Diabetes Prevention program will be open Wednesday through Friday of this week.
Thursday: 6:00 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday: 6 a.m. to 5 pm.