How to combat post-holiday weight gain

Did you know the average weight gain through the holidays is 10 to 15 pounds? Just 10 pounds in a couple of weeks — yikes!

Gaining this weight is not only bad for your closet but it isn’t good for your heart or joints either. Here are five tips to fight that post-holiday weight gain:

  1. Aim for at least 30 minutes of activity a day.  If you still don’t have time to get to the gym, there are plenty of quick, free, online workouts, like the one here that you can do from home. Not in the mood to work out?  Then try to walk at a faster pace when going shopping or just around the office to get your heart rate up. 
  2. Don’t ignore your body. While you’re easing back into an exercise routine, you also need to get back to foam rolling or stretching your muscles daily.  And if this wasn’t a priority before, you need to make a serious New Year’s resolution to do so.  Even though you may not be exercising as intensely now, your body can still develop tight muscles, causing them to become unbalanced.   Stretching and foam rolling can reduce this tension and prevent problems in the future.
  3. Make sure to stand at least once an hour.  The holidays are draining, I know. If you spent the last two months out late at parties and running around shopping, you’re likely exhausted and slumping in your chair. But sitting in a slumped posture is the highest amount of pressure you can put on the discs in your spine. At work, if you are not already in the habit of standing for at least one minute every hour, now is a good time to start.  Just stand up for a minute while you are on a conference call or typing up a document. 
  4. Limit the amount of mixed drinks you consume.  But if you are like me, you probably enjoyed a few mixed drinks at parties this holiday season. Going forward, say no thanks to sugary mixed drinks and try to stick to wine because it has the least number of calories. If you don’t like wine then sipping on your favorite liquor, with no mixer is also a better bet. 
  5. Think veggie-first. The amount of fried finger foods we consume during the holidays is insane. Starting now, make sure your plate consists of about 50 percent veggies. Also adjust your portion sizes by swapping your dinner plate for a smaller appetizer plate.