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Why You Need To Exercise During The Holidays (and what to do)

The holiday season starts tomorrow! Pretty soon you'll be busy buying gifts, preparing for holiday meals, going to festive events and reconnecting with family and friends. But with all the festivities, will you exercise during the holidays?

(Tip: "exercise" can be as simple going for a walk, you don’t have to go to a gym.)

Learn why exercise during the holidays is so important and what will likely happen if you don’t make time for it. You'll also learn the ONE exercise that will make the biggest difference on those big-meal days.


Ok, we all know the holiday season is a bit of a chaotic whirlwind of events...

...AND when it comes to getting exercise during the holidays, it's simply not high on the priority list for most women.

It's no surprise then that most ladies with Prediabetes, Insulin Resistance or even Type 2 Diabetes simply give up on getting any meaningful exercise during the holidays.

Is this a good idea? Is this ok?

Getting No Exercise for Days or Even Weeks Is a Terrible Idea

Unfortunately, getting no exercise during the holidays is really bad for you.

Especially when you realize the cost (choose one or all of the below):

  • Weight gain that you'll likely never lose   
  • Higher A1c
  • Higher blood glucose levels
  •  Higher blood triglycerides
  • Higher cholesterol
  • Increasing your risk for chronic diseases like Diabetes, Heart Disease, Stroke
  • Feeling terrible
  • Feeling like giving up
You'll Gain Weight If You Don't Exercise During The Holidays

It sounds like not exercising during the holidays would be very foolish!

What Happens When You DON'T Exercise Over the Holidays?

When you don't exercise (or, in other words, when you lead a sedentary lifestyle), you don't need to eat as many calories.


Yup! It's true. When you don't move around much, your body needs LESS calories to keep going.

This news is especially important over the holiday season because you're also likely to eat MORE calories than you normally do!

So, if you don't exercise during the holidays, that means...

(1) you'll need to eat LESS calories but

(2) you'll probably eat MORE calories. (not good)

And guess what will happen along the way???

You'll gain weight!!!!

Not exercising during the holidays is a recipe for weight gain and for slowing down your metabolism.

You don't want either of those things to happen! 

What Happens When You DO Exercise Over the Holidays

If you can do yourself one favor over the holidays, it should be get some exercise – every day!

The good news is that your exercise doesn't have to be long...but make sure it's at least 20 minutes.

AND don’t forget that walking counts as exercise!

If you get exercise every day, you'll be more likely to:

1) Keep your blood sugar under control

2) Keep your weight stable (especially if you exercise after a super big meal)

3) Have a restful sleep and wake up refreshed

4) Manage stress better (good to know, since the holidays are VERY stressful!)​

5) Keep your immune system running properly

6) Keep your metabolism from slowing down from lack of exercise

But if you DON'T get exercise every day, you shouldn't expect any of those wonderful things above to happen.

Exercise During The Holidays - Go For A Walk

Getting Exercise Every Day is a Decision You Make

It's interesting that no one would just decide to not shower over the entire holiday season...(well, I hope you wouldn't!!!).

But somehow we think getting exercise during the holidays is optional.

Exercise During The Holidays - Make Sure You Do It

Whether you want to hear it or not, you make the decision to exercise.

If you don't choose to exercise, it's simply because you think something else is more important.

Now, in some cases, something else might actually be more important...like going to work or caring for a child.

But in many cases, whatever you're doing is NOT more important in the big scheme of things (think Netflix, watching TV, internet surfing, playing games on your cellphone or other things you do when you feel lazy or bored).

  You'll be more likely to make the decision to exercise during the holidays if you stop thinking exercise is optional...because it really isn't. 

Not exercising is worse for you than smoking!

"a sedentary lifestyle is worse for your health than smoking, diabetes and heart disease"  
– 25-year study of over 100,000 people. 
Journal of the American Medical Association, 2018

If you want to keep the weight off and stay on track to being healthy, you need to make time for exercise during the holidays.

Look, I know you might not want to hear this, but I want to give it to you straight.

You can miss a day here or there, but not more than a few days at a time and not frequently.

Simply put, you have to make time to exercise and consider it a priority, just like showering!

The ONE Exercise That Will Make the Biggest Difference on Big-Meal Days

OK, you already know that on the specials days you tend to eat more than you need.

But there's something you can do about it...

...AND you'll reap the benefits for many hours after too.

Do you want to know what it is?

Go for a BIG WALK after your BIG MEAL!

Exercise During The Holidays - Go For A Walk!

And even better yet, ask some of your family or friends to come with you!

Tour the pretty lights in your area or walk through some magical snow – just get outside and walk!

When you walk after a meal, it lowers your blood sugar for MANY HOURS after your walk is over! 

You'll even get better blood sugar control the NEXT DAY! 

Woo hoo!

​Need Some Help with Exercise During the Holidays?

OK, we can all admit that getting a little exercise help during the holiday season should be a no-brainer!

Let's be honest, you need some help or you wouldn't be reading this blog post...right? 🙂

After all, the holiday season is the hardest time of year for a woman with Prediabetes, Insulin Resistance or even Type 2 Diabetes to protect her health.

There's just so much more food, stress and disruption to your schedule.

And then come January, your life will likely be much harder if you don't get some help now!

(Think weight gain, higher A1C, feeling crappy and all that typical January depression-and-guilt stuff.)

But don’t think you have to navigate this chaotic holiday season alone.

We’ve Got the Perfect Solution!

The ladies in our Healthy U Group (or The HUG as we call it...) are already making plans for how they'll protect their health during the holiday season...and you can join them today!

HUG - keeps you on track

​How Is the Healthy U Group Able To Help You?

Our Healthy U Group is a ladies-only support and accountability group that helps women stay on track so they actually reach their health goals.

The reason it works is because the Healthy U Group overcomes the  4 common roadblocks that hold women back from reversing their Prediabetes, Insulin Resistance or even Type 2 Diabetes.

Want to know what those 4 common roadblocks are? And more about how the Healthy U Group will help you?

Then CLICK HERE...and and learn how you can join!

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About the Author Joan Pasay

As a Nutrition & Lifestyle Therapist I felt compelled to start Power In The Group. Why? To guide and support women like you with Prediabetes or Insulin Resistance so you can regain and nourish your health...without all the confusion. Together we can enjoy the richest quality of life for ourselves, with our families, and within our society...wanna come along?

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