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The Festivities Were Great… The Weight Gain Ain’t

January – The least liked month of the year, unless it happens to be your birth month. There are many reasons why January gets this dubious honor. As we begin the new year, there is little cause for celebration as the world suddenly goes quiet after a boisterous end from the previous one. It’s really cold out; Days look dreary and gray. There’s a bleakness in January like no other month, but there is something even more sinister hanging in the air than just the winter blues… weight gain. The average person puts on approximately 5-7 pounds from Thanksgiving to New Year’s, so it’s no surprise that it’s the number one resolution people make. We all want to be ten pounds thinner, and it couldn’t feel any truer than on January 2. So, while you’re dealing with the seasonal saddies, it’s also time to battle the bulge. Not sure which direction to take to reshape? The gym is the old standard; but for those of us who hate that type of environment and having to spend a hefty sum just being there, there are some alternatives you can do to help you reclaim your pre-holiday body.

Walk yourself thin. Not only is walking the most basic exercise to do, it’s also been proven as one of the most effective. This low-impact workout won’t put any strain on your body, and improves cardiovascular functions. Did we mention that it costs ZERO money to do, so the dollars you save from a gym membership can be put towards some new threads for your new physique. It couldn’t be any easier than throwing on a pair of sneaks and stepping outside your front door. Not only do you get to connect with mother nature breathing in the crisp winter air, you’ll be shedding those extra pounds while taking in the scenery in the process.

Sweatin’ to the newies. Most of us love listening to music, and what goes great with music… movement. Musical tastes are unique, so our workout tunes should be something we like and something we want to move along to. Not feeling the sounds at a zumba class? Skip it and opt for your own – at home. Dancing is another free way to get in shape, so throw on your spandex leggings, 80’s leg warmers and bust a move, baby! All you need is a beat and two feet for a killer workout. You know that cheesy expression, dance like no one is watching? Exactly.

Ketogenics. AKA The Keto diet. Every year there is a new diet trend sweeping the nation, and there’s nothing hotter right now than Keto. This low-carb, high-fat diet focuses its plan on eggs, meat, cheeses and nuts. Customizable, inexpensive 28-day plans are available online and come with an itemized grocery list, so you won’t feel lost shopping at the grocery store. Pick one day a week to prep, cook and store all your meals, then just grab and go throughout the week. This diet promises noticeable results quick, so if you’re looking to lose it asap, this one’s for you.

Team minus ten and counting… You’re not the only one who wants to lose weight this year. In fact, you’d be hard pressed to find someone in your friend group that doesn’t want to slim down. Teamwork helps us stay motivated, so gather your cronies for a group fitness challenge. Whether you want to enter and train for an endurance event like the Spartan Sprint or Tough Mudder, or simply want to do some circuit training together, it’s easier losing weight when you have backup. And the best part of it all just might be designing those matching, cheesy t-shirts with an equally cheesy slogan. Get original with this and go team!

A new discipline. You don’t have to aspire to be the next Bruce Lee or a deadly black belt assassin to partake in a martial arts class. Self defense classes like Krav Maga, Jiu-Jitsu or Muay Thai not only give you a high-intensity, fat-burning workout, but you actually learn self defense. It’s the ultimate one two punch. If you’re going to shell out money for a fitness class, combining the added bonus of enhancing personal safety seems like a no-brainer to us.

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