With all the holiday parties on the horizon, you’re bound to come face to face with a mighty temptation—a plate of warm, delicious Christmas cookies. Don’t beat yourself up over a cookie or two. Enjoy your indulgence without overdoing it. If there’s a day when you simply must satisfy your sweet tooth, balance the extra calories with extra activity. Enjoying the holidays is nothing to shame yourself about. Here are a few holiday exercise ideas to keep the caloric cookie monster at bay.
Why go snowshoeing? Snowshoeing extends your hiking season into winter – don’t let the cold weather keep you from enjoying the great outdoors! Snowshoeing is low-impact, aerobic, and helps you stay in shape by burning away those cookie calories. It’s a great workout for your quads, hamstrings, and calf muscles. A few techniques worth practicing: widening your stance to avoid stepping on frames, going up and down hills, and using poles to traverse slopes for upper body strength.
Walking is easy to do. All you need is a good pair of shoes and a destination. A brisk walk at a pace that raises the heart rate is an aerobic exercise that can have significant benefits for those with diabetes. The American Diabetes Association recommends no more than 2 days in a row without an aerobic exercise session. Walking can burn 90 to 200 calories in 30 minutes depending on the intensity of the walk. A slow stroll burns fewer calories than a brisk walk. Strive to walk at a brisk pace of a 17-20 min walk to maximize your calorie burn.
Stationary biking is an aerobic exercise that makes your heart stronger and your lungs function better, ideal during winter because you can get an amazing workout, no matter the weather. Bicycling improves blood flow to your legs and burns tons of calories, helping you maintain a healthy weight. The amount of calories you burn depends on the time you spend pedaling and the pace you work at. A 200 lb. person burns an average of 310 calories in 30 minutes of pedaling moderately and around 503 calories in 30 minutes of pedaling vigorously. Do as much as you can, within your comfort level.
What are your favorite ways to burn off cookie calories? Share them in the comments below!