| MICHAEL GREENHOUSE
We all know what breakfast is, but what is accidental exercise / movement? It is exactly what it says, moving or exercising without trying or planning. This is a very simple technique to endorse during the holiday season, as your free time will be limited and gym time could be non-existent. When you are traveling or just hanging out for the season, find things that keep you on your feet.
Great activity choices that will keep you moving and burn some calories:
• Playing with the kids
• Walking the dog/family pet
• Clean the house or help with household chores
• Park farther away from the entrance when you are out shopping.
• Play a pick-up football, baseball, or basketball game
These are simple tasks, but they will keep you moving and active during a season when free time is hard to come by.
Another part of the holiday health equation is breakfast. Breakfast literally means “breaking the fast.” After fasting overnight, breakfast helps top up the energy stores your body uses during the night to repair and regenerate itself, and it kick-starts the body’s metabolism. Skipping this simple meal can have a negative impact on memory, concentration, and learning; it can also make it difficult to maintain your healthy weight. The reason? Breakfast helps stabilize blood sugar levels that control appetite and energy. Evidently, breakfast is not a meal to be missed.
Some excellent foods to eat for breakfast:
• Whole grains
• Complex Carbohydrates (Oats)
Eating a healthy breakfast, staying active throughout the day, and being aware of portion control should become a regular part of your daily routine. Starting now should make it easier when the ball drops and you begin 2014. Once breakfast, proper portions, and exercise become habits, the next goal is making sure you consume a quality breakfast. A nutritious start to the day leads to more effective and efficient exercise or workouts. Enjoy the holiday season, eat smart, and move well.