We are officially in the season that is loaded with extra sides, creamy glazes, festive confectionaries, wines, beers, and extra weight. On average, Americans gain one to two pounds during the holiday season and don’t necessarily work it off. A traditional Thanksgiving plate alone is roughly 4500 calories with 229 grams of fat. After the holidays, many people feel like stuffed turkeys and swollen Santas. How can you keep the calories in check and maintain a healthy weight over the holidays? Fortunately, Americans love technology as much as holiday festivities and good food. Fitness technology can help keep your waistline in check this season.
- Gaming consoles
Working out does not have to be boring and monotonous; make it fun with a gaming console. You can choose any physical activity game that requires you to get off the couch and get moving. Whether it is dancing, golfing, boxing, bowling or skiing, as long as you are moving, you are burning calories. Gaming consoles are also a great way to get your friends and family involved as well.
- Online sites
Sites such as ShopWell.com allows users to input their health profiles and dietary needs. The site will come in handy when you are shopping for and eating holiday meals. The site makes suggestions to assist the user with eating foods that accommodate their dietary needs as well as makes recommendations for healthier food alternatives.
- Treadmill desk
The office is a black hole of holiday calories; they are everywhere. A treadmill desk is a smart way to stay keep moving whether you consume the delectable goodies or not. A treadmill desk may help you get one-step closer to your New Year’s resolution long before the first rolls around.
- Smartphone apps
Apps such as Lose It! and My Fitness Pal are excellent companions for you during the holidays. The apps allow the user to enter height, weight, goal weight, activity level, and food intake. The apps encourage accountability and makes suggestions to assist the user in meeting his/her fitness goals. When you see your weight increase and the high-caloric foods smother your goals, you are likely to make better decisions about your fitness and food choices.
- Wireless body monitors
A device does not lie when it is hooked to your side. If you feel as if you might fudge a few fitness, activity and weight numbers at the end of the day, you should consider wireless body monitors such as Fitbit. The Fitbit band monitors your daily activity levels, sleep patterns, and personal health goals. When you are more conscious of how much or how little you are moving throughout the day, it is easier to recognize healthier actions.