Healthy Holidays 2011 #2: Turkey Trots and such

As we near Thanksgiving ( you realize it’s almost time to thaw the turkey right?) there is a tradition that I enjoy most every year. On Thanksgiving morning I get up and run before the rest of the household is a bustle with sugared excitement. I usually run for about an hour and this run serves a dual purpose. 1) I burn calories before the feast of the day even starts. 2) I am able to¬†de-stress and clear my head of any left over junk that may be hanging on from the time of year.

The same kind of thing was born when Turkey Trots started taking off. Turkey trots are offered all around and chances are you can find one very close to your home. They mostly 5K runs, but they are also widely non competitive and fun for the whole family. Even the kids get involved and love it! If you are wanting to run in a Turkey Trot (or if you are like me and prefer to relish your run as your quiet time) I suggest starting an easy training program. Couch to 5K is one of the absolute best and allows you to train at a steady pace. You can always enlist the help of a running couch to perfect your gait and help you choose the right shoes, especially if your harbor a lot of pain in the legs and joints post run.

Any way you choose to go about it, I suggest getting out of the kitchen even if it’s just for a brief stroll around the block. This is a healthy habit you will want to stick with year after year. :)


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Healthy Holidays 2011

It’s that most wonderful time of the year again! The hustle and bustle of the holidays are upon us and I am here to help you maintain a sense of calm, ease, and health throughout this busy season. Yes, it is totally possible to stay healthy and on track with your goals while enjoying all the holidays have to offer. You just have to know the tricks….

Over the holiday season, I’ll be sharing with you some of my tried and true tricks of the trade to help you keep your health, and your figure, in tact so you don’t end up with more New Year’s resolutions! I’ll be posting blogs, recipes, and even a few short workout videos to help you along the way. Here are a few things to remember as this festive season approaches:

  1. Just because it’s there, doesn’t mean you have to eat it. If it’s worth the calories (hello, fudge) then enjoy, but if not, leave the fruit cake alone and go on about your day.
  2. When it come to working out during the holidays, think quality over quantity every time. When things gets busy, you may not have time for an hour long walk or 5 mile run, BUT you can carve out a couple of 5-10 minute sessions per day where you can boost your metabolism just by getting in some heart pumping movement.
  3. The holidays are meant to be enjoyed, not feared. Don’t over analyze your plate at Thanksgiving dinner or forgo the Christmas cookies (unless those aren’t your thing) in the name of weight loss. There is nothing you can do in 1 DAY that will cause you to put on a bunch of weight. The holidays are a time of enjoyment, so don’t suck the fun out of it by adding your weight watchers points at the dinner table.
  4. The old adage of sneaking in exercise really does work. Park further away from the store. Pace around while talking on the phone. Sit on a exercise ball while watching Christmas programs. At the end of the day, it all adds up….

These are just a few to get you ready. There will be NO strict meal plans or punishing workouts here. We’ll just be discussing what works. Easy, relaxing, and all that comes with this season. So, get ready to deck the halls and stuff the turkeys the fit and healthy way: one day at a time :)

XOXO Michelle

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