By Olympian Jeff Galloway
In researching my newer books RUNNING UNTIL YOU’RE 100 & A WOMAN’S GUIDE TO FAT BURNING, I found two simple ways to gain control over the holiday weight gain process--without spending more time running or in the gym.
1. Get a step counter. As the weather gets colder and the holiday activities overload your schedule, most runners tend to run fewer miles. There’s good research to show that inexpensive step counters incentive-ize people to walk more. Instead of sitting during the pockets of 5-10 minutes of “dead time” when you’re watching the kids, waiting for a meeting, etc., walk around. You can accumulate thousands of steps a day without increasing fatigue. Shoot for 10,000 steps a day and you’ll feel more energized.
2. Use a website/software program for calorie control. There are many sites or computer programs that allow you to log in what you eat. You’ll need to get a little notebook and record each snack or meal, with amounts eaten. This not only gives you a balance of calories in vs. calories burned. You’ll discover whether you’re low in calcium, iron, protein, B vitamins, etc. By learning portion control and the actual calorie content of foods, you can gain control over your eating.
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