It’s that time of year. Every time you turn around, there’s another Christmas party filled with tempting holiday snacks that go right to your waistline. Here are some tips to avoid putting on the pounds this month:

  • Squeeze in exercise whenever possible.
  • Leave the car at home and walk to holiday light displays (but be sure to wear reflective clothing!).
  • If you like to jog, look for an upcoming race to train for. The Cowtown races are right around the corner (February 27, 2009 – click here for race events). North Hills Hospital is an official hospital for The Cowtown Marathon races, which include a family 5K and adult 10K.
  • If your party is really hopping, get out on the dance floor. Dancing is great exercise.
  • Do 10-minute workouts several times a day. Research shows three 10-minute workouts are as effective as one 30-minute session.
  • On shopping trips, take a few extra laps around the mall. Or, you can also park in the back row (which you’ll probably have to do anyway).
  • Eat something healthy before going to a party. If you’re not starving, you can sample and savor buffet offerings without stuffing yourself.
  • It’s normal to crave carbs during times of stress. Grab a whole grain roll instead of cookies or pecan pie.
  • Many people crave salty, crunchy foods when stressed. Crunch away, but try celery sticks and carrots. Go easy on the dips and dressing.

And most importantly, try to get some sleep. Doing so, will reduce stress, and make your holidays a whole lot happier.

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