Julie says: In the run up to Christmas try to do more weight-bearing activities. As your muscles become stronger you’ll use up more calories – even when you’re asleep.
After this, just try to do things that increase your activity levels generally. Wrap your presents standing up and get out for a brisk walk before lunch; as a general rule of thumb you burn about 100 calories per mile. If it’s miserable weather then walk up and down your stairs ten times instead.
Avoid the temptation to sit down for hours watching the TV – get up from your chair every time the adverts come on (and keep the TV remote out of reach).
Why not ask Santa for a pedometer and check how many steps you’re taking as you do the cooking and washing up? Then give yourself a target to reach over the course of the day.
Instead of playing a board game, play charades and choose some action titles to get everyone moving. That’s far more active than watching the Wizard of Oz (again).
- Julie Robinson is a specialist fitness instructor with a range of DVDs available at www.moveitorloseit.co.uk 0800 612 0450. Send your fitness questions to Julie via email at email@example.com
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