Happy holidays

My wife is a surfer of Facebook, and sees all sorts of memes about this or that.  She just played one with the Nutcracker Suite playing for music, and with some recipes for various holiday treats.

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It seems as though 3 holidays has morphed into the "holiday season" as a result of a massive marketing campaign by corporate giants.  They want us to over-consume for over a month.  This over-consumption includes, but is not limited to, food and consumer products.  Usually, it is whatever food or consumer product the sponsor sells. There is more functional fitness advice here.

Do your best to resist the urge to overeat for a month.   After all, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day are just 3 days.  And by all means celebrate them, or Hanukkah, Ramadan, Kwanzaa, Saturnalia, or whatever else pleases you.  But again there is no need to inflate the "holiday season" into a month-long orgy of gluttony.

If you are like most men, you either have a wife or mother, maybe both.  And it is instinctual for a woman to "push" food on us men.  And their daughters too.  It shows love when we eat mass quantities of their cooking.  But try to explain to wife or mother that you will have some of their treats, but not mass quantities. 

It is only our nature to want to overeat this time of year.  After all, the days are the shortest of the year until December 21 or 22.  And, the angle of the sun is at its lowest in the Northern Hemisphere.  That sends messages to us via our pineal gland to stock up on calories for the lean winter ahead.  This is instinct bred into us for about one hundred thousand years.  So how can you fight it?

The answer is to just simply remember that the season will be over in a few weeks.  And, those holidays are just that.  Days.  And, there is another secret weapon to fight weight gain this time of year.  WALK.  Yes, walk as much as you can.  When it is a nice sunny day, go outside and walk when you can.  At work, try to find time to climb some stairs.  Take your phone with you so you can still be working.  

Shovel some snow.  Load and chop some firewood.  That is what I am going to do today.  In fact, these activities can be substituted for workouts.  If that is what it takes, do it.  Go find an indoor basketball court and just play.  Whatever it takes to stay moving, just do it.

And of course do not stop doing your workouts.  Whether you do them every other day like me, or some other schedule, keep it up.  Do not stop and try to make up for it in January.  That strategy puts on a couple of pounds per year, and it mounts up over the years.

Have a few treats.  And remember that drinks, whether they contain alcohol or not, contain calories also.  Again, have a little if you must.  Just don't overdo it.  And try to walk and exercise it off when you can.  And by all means, have some happy holidays!

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