Season’s Greetings Everyone!

With the holiday season around the corner, many individuals worry that this often spells doom for their health and fitness plans. Often, Christmas and New Year celebrations come accompanied by headlines and news stories highlighting the holiday weight gain that many of us experience every year. With this in mind, the little elves at team Beast Mode thought that it would be nice to share some of our carefully guarded secrets that have helped us to successfully battle Christmas bulge and stay fit and trim for the holidays. If you follow these 5 easy tips, we guarantee that you’ll step into the New Year looking like a SUPERHERO, and leaving all of your friends jealously wondering how YOU make that cape looks so good! Here are our 5 suggestions for surviving the holidays, office parties, zombie apocalypses, and anything else that might off set your day:

LAUGHTER REALLY IS THE BEST MEDICINE: Did you know you could burn calories by laughing? A study at Vanderbilt University showed you can burn up to 50 calories by laughing 10-15 minutes each day. When laughing, people burned 20% more calories than their scrooge counterparts who were stingy with laughing or sharing a jolly moment. Laughter has other health benefits that include stress reduction, immune system boosting, natural pain relief and increased blood flow (good for the heart), and it’s always funny to hear someone laugh so hard that they sometimes snort between chuckles.

RUNNING TO THE REFRIGERATOR IS NOT CONSIDERED EXERCISE– First off, running anywhere in the house is WRONG (Parents don’t like it, and it can be quite hazardous if you run in socks on waxed floors, so don’t do it!!). Secondly, the idea of burning 2-3 calories (as you run to get from your TV room to the kitchen) to snack on that delicious 850 calories of poutine that you brought home from Dairy Queen seems a bit counterproductive, doesn’t it?

LIFT WITH YOUR LEGS, when picking up heavy objects. It doesn’t matter whether you’re lifting a 25 pound butter ball turkey, candied ham, or roast out of the oven, or lifting 100 pounds of presents from under the Christmas tree, lifting with your legs will do wonders for saving your back, tightening up your midsection, and melting off those extra holiday pounds.

EXERCISE IS INFECTIOUS (and not in a bad way):  The typical family gathering equation usually looks like this: too much food + too much drink (pop and juice included) + and too much sitting around = really hyperactive gremlin-like children and tired parents. This holiday season, it’s important to explore fun ways to get the family moving. Get everyone outside any way you can. Reinvent old traditions in movement-based ways. Instead of sitting around talking about what you’re thankful for, have everyone share that while they’re out on a walk together. Be creative. For example if your child says that their too cold to go for a walk, just have them shovel the snow off the driveway and they’ll warm up.

LET GO OF BEING PERFECT: It’s probably hard enough being an Albert Einstein in school, an exceptional employee at work, and “the most interesting man/woman in the world” with our family members. So why do we expect to be “perfect” when we think about our fitness routines? In fact, feel free to miss a workout or two (we know that everyone will at some point this holiday season) and think about signing up for a Beast Mode Fitness course (starting in January 2017). At Beast Mode, we know that missing a workout is not the end of the world. Seriously. We’re here just make sure you get to the next one done and have fun while you’re doing it.

If you are interested in improving your health, fitness, social interaction and overall well-being, please feel free to consider signing up for the Beast Mode Fitness program! We will be starting a new Beast mode course in early January, so please contact Mike Barrett at Mike.barrett@sinneavefoundation.org or (403) 210-5000 ext. 2013 for more information on registration for this course.

Once again, Happy Holidays and all the best to you in the New Year!

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Santa’s  ‘little elves’ at Beast Mode Fitness

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