Between parties, family get-togethers and, for many of us, lots of travel, it's no wonder people are prone to gaining weight during the holiday season. In fact, Americans gain, on average, between one to two pounds from Thanksgiving and Christmas! I spoke to fitness and Pilates expert Brooke Siler to get a few pointers on winning the battle of the holiday bulge.
According to Brooke, one of best things you can do is keep moving, especially while traveling, and it's not as hard as you might think. Brooke says she has no problem doing lunges down the airplane aisle! It might get you a few funny looks, but exercise and stretching are very important to do, especially when you're stuck in a cramped airline seat for hours.
Stretching is not only important for blood flow and circulation, it can also help reduce holiday related stress by loosening up our bodies and allowing us to breathe more freely.
Brooke says that there should be no excuse to miss a workout during the holidays, even if you're spending them away from the convenience of the gym. She advises pilates because it's something you can really do almost anywhere.
While exercise is critical, Brooke says we also have to pay attention to our diet and fight the urge to pig out on Christmas cookies and eggnog all month! Counting holiday calories is often easier said than done, but Brooke has a few tricks to help curb those cravings—for instance, carry a piece of dark chocolate in your purse to satisfy your sweet tooth before overdoing it at the dessert table, and substitute high calorie alcoholic beverages for a festive seltzer and cranberry juice.