Answers to Common Holiday Health Questions

Premier Physician Network providers answer frequently asked questions about holiday health.

How can exercise during the holidays help a person keep their weight in check?

Though watching what you eat is the best way to avoid extra holiday pounds, having an exercise plan won’t hurt.

It can become easy to want to avoid exercise during the holiday season, but it’s important to stay active, according to the Centers for Disease Control and PreventionOff Site Icon (CDC). While regular physical activity helps control your weight, being more active than usual, according to the CDC, can help you combat the extra calories from that extra piece of pie or the second trip to the appetizer platter. You don’t have to check out of family time to get in extra activity. Be creative and find some fun ways to enjoy being physically active with friends and family, recommends the CDC. Make time for a walk after dinner. Find a nearby holiday light exhibit to walk through. Plan a whole-family football game out in the crisp air. The better you do at keeping and adding good habits through the holidays, the easier it will be to find your way back to your routine once the New Year begins.

Talk to your doctor for more information about how exercise can help people keep their weight in check during the holidays.

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Source: Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Ann DeClue, MD, Ann DeClue, MD; Andrew Diller, MD, Brookville Family Care; Joshua Ordway, MD, Franklin Family Practice; Christopher Lauricella, DO, Family Medicine of Vandalia