The problem: avoiding the Festive 15, aka holiday weight gain. The solution: include aerobic exercise in your winter fitness routine. Yes, we’re aware that it’s cold out and snacking on cookies while sipping wine on your couch and watching Love Actually is more appealing than braving the elements to squeeze in a sweat session. In the epic showdown of couch versus treadmill, we know who usually wins in our house. But if you want to enjoy the holidays without packing on the pounds, you need to get moving.
In a 2012 study, Duke University-based exercise physiologist Cris A. Slentz found that “Aerobic exercise is the best option for reducing fat mass and body mass.” In short, if you aren’t willing to let go of the apple pie and eggnog, then you need to incorporate a cardio workout (aka sweat-inducing activities like walking, running, dancing etc.) into your routine. Don’t worry, if you clutch your dessert plate like it’s your last meal on earth then you’re in good company. We’re all in this winter weight battle together, and this year we’re going to win. Here are 10 ways to workout without even leaving the house this season. Turns out you can stay svelte and satisfied…now that’s something to be merry about.
Doing pyramid running-in-place may look a bit funny, but it allows you to get an intense running workout without having to deal with cold, windy conditions or the boredom of a treadmill. Start easy with only two steps (left, right) and work your way up to longer repetitions. And make sure to lift each knee to your hip level for extra calorie-burning perks.