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How To Get In Shape For Your Holidays and Vacations – 10 Tips

April 26th, 2021

At the turn of the year many people, male and female ask the question, “How do I get in shape for my upcoming holidays and vacations?” This article helps point you in the right direction to get some effective answers.

Every single year the average person gains anywhere from one to three pounds just from attending Christmas and new year parties. For some it is even more. Because of the extra food and drink consumed many have noticed their waistline expanding and their waistbands getting tighter.

Even though one to three extra pounds doesn’t seem like a lot of weight gain, it is precisely the smaller weight gain amounts that are the most difficult to lose once you put them on.

Why not keep them off from the very start?

These Weight Loss Tips will help you do just that. Year in and year out, without fail. These simple and easy tips were created with staying power in mind. So no matter if you put them into action this year, or five years from now the results will always be the same- A Slimmer and Trimmer YOU!

10 Simple Weight Loss Tips That Really Work

1. Prioritize your exercise. The beds might not get made or the car cleaned but still make time for exercise. Schedule it in and let go of other things — like a perfectly clean house or car..

2. Keep an exercise log. It makes you more accountable.

3. Set a goal. Sign up for some fun runs and try to improve your times. Have small achievable goals.

4. Make changes for the long haul. Don’t sacrifice the long-term aim for a short-term gain.

5. Stop dieting and just eat sensibly.

6. Drink up. Drinking lots of water keeps you full and hydrated.

7. Do it for yourself. If somebody else is pushing you, no matter what you do or what you try, it’ll never work long-term.

8.Take it slow. We all want to lose it yesterday, but slow is the way to go if you don’t want to see those pounds again.

9. Customize your approach. What worked for your best friend may not work for you. And what works for you today may not work six months from now. You need to decide what you need. Make changes you can live with. Ask yourself, ‘Is what I did today something I could do for the rest of my life?’

10. Be consistent and build habits of eating and exercise. Be in control and know that this is what you really want to do.

These simple 10 tips can fit into your lifestyle, no matter how fast paced. You can utilize them to keep those extra-unwanted pounds off, starting today!

There’s no better time to arm yourself with the calorie burning and fat busting information you need to get in shape for your next holiday.

You can get in shape for your holidays and vacations by putting these into practice. The tips will work if you do.

Benefits of Holidays and Vacations

April 26th, 2021

As a frontline medical practitioner for over 20 years, I have been actively encouraging and motivating my patients, relatives, friends and other people to take holidays and vacations on a regular basis. Except for those people who have serious medical conditions, there are no restrictions to travel and enjoy holidays. Even the elderly, disabled or pregnant women (within 28 weeks of pregnancy) can travel as much as anybody else. The benefits of holidays and vacations are numerous, both short-term and long-term, but most people fail to appreciate the benefits. As a result, only a small percentage of people worldwide travel and harvest the benefits of holidays and vacations. Research has shown that even workers who are offered paid vacations by their organizations do not take advantage of such offers to take some weeks off their work.

In this article, I will briefly highlight some benefits of holidays and vacations.

Longer and healthier life

A recent survey conducted by the State University of New York has shown that people who take holidays regularly every year reduce their risk of early death by about 20 percent. The survey also revealed that those who did not take any holiday in 5 years faced the highest death rate risk, along with higher incidence of heart diseases. This can be explained by the fact that during holidays people are happier, relaxed, carefree, spending more time with family and loved ones, and away from the regular stressing environment. A happy relaxed life increases longevity.

Improvement in mental health

One study conducted by the Marshfield Clinic, Marshfield and published in Wisconsin Medical Journal showed that women who went on frequent vacations had lower susceptibility to depression, tiredness, or tensions and they were more satisfied with their marriages. Women who took rare vacations displayed higher stress levels in their homes, felt more exhausted and tired and slept lesser. It is without doubt that regular holidays will not just unwind people from the stress accumulated during the day to day hectic life in the short-term but also will improve the overall mental and psychological well-being of an individual in the long-term. Many researchers have shown that depression increases the chances of heart disease. Since holidays provide a break from the normal boring routine, they also help in relieving the symptoms of depression.

Revamping of relationships

The always busy, work-obsessed and chronically duty-minded culture of people of modern life has indeed taken a heavy toll not only on our physical and mental health but also on our relationships. People do not have much time to spend with their partners, children or families. As a result, there is disharmony in the family, children are not looked after well and there is increased tension between partners, which has resulted in increased number of separations, divorce and other marital conflicts. Taking regular breaks from work and enjoying holidays and vacations not only revamps the strained and estranged relationships but also renews, revitalizes and strengthens family relationships and bonds.

Improvement in self-confidence

When we travel, we encounter various types of situations and meet different kinds of people. Such encounters improve our self-confidence. It also helps improve our social skills and prepare us for unexpected or unknown.

Creative inspiration through holidaying

When we do the same thing again and again, it becomes monotonous and stereotyped. This is what has happened to us in today’s world. We have become victims of monotony that has gradually crept into our system and destroyed our creative abilities, new thinking processes, and inspirational opportunities. When we travel, we come across new situations and different environments. Such situations can induce and help develop the creativity within us.

Increase in productivity

Many studies have shown that holidays not only motivate people to work better but the relief from the monotony also rejuvenates people, resulting in higher productivity.

Seeking adventure

Holidaying is a time to pump adrenalin for many adventure lovers. This is a chance to make their dream come true and try many daring sports and adventures, such as, bungee jumping, water rafting, surfing, mountaineering and many others. Such adventures give people a sense of achievement and happiness.

Mental and psychological escape

Many people these days view holidaying as a form of mental or psychological escape. The change in atmosphere, climate, scenery, quiet surroundings, slow pace of life, and clean air is regarded by many travelers as pathway to happiness and spirituality.

Improve physical fitness, and lose weight too

Obesity has become a global epidemic. Holidays and vacations can at least induce people to do some form of exercise. They have more time and any form of physical activity (and away from TV and video games!) can help lose weight. If they can continue the same sort of exercises once they are back home, it can at least help people change their habit and lose some weight at the same time. Losing weight not only improves the physical fitness and appearance of a person but also reduces the chances of getting depression, some cancers, heart diseases and other conditions.

In conclusion, holidays and vacations not only bring joy, excitements, fun and break in the usual monotony of life, but they also have far reaching effects in the long-term including improvement in physical and mental wellbeing, longer and happier life, revamping relationships, improving self confidence and productivity, and instilling creative inspiration within us.