IVGID Tip | How to slim down this winter | SierraSun.com

IVGID Tip | How to slim down this winter

Dedicating one or more days per week to skiing or snowboarding is one way to shed the pounds.
Courtesy Tom Zikas |

EDITOR’S NOTE: “Tip of the week” is a periodic feature running in the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza, in partnership with the Incline Village General Improvement District, providing locals with various tips pertaining to the recreation opportunities and services the district provides.

One of the biggest weight-gain culprits this time of year is the aftermath of the holiday season.

We feast, we drink, surrender to emotional eating, travel, party, grab quick snacks (sugary muffins or pumpkin spiced lattes anyone?), and miss workouts.

If you were a victim of weight-gain or overindulgence the last six weeks, do not fret and add more stress to your current reality, start something new and healthy.

Now is the time to indulge in health and get back to regular exercise. While you can lose weight without exercise, exercise plus calorie restriction can help give you the weight-loss edge.

Exercise also offers numerous health benefits including strengthening your cardiovascular system, reducing your blood pressure, and maintaining weight loss.

Planning your workouts and activities for the week can help you stay on track. Vary your workouts and choose times that match your daily schedule, for example:

Monday: Group fitness class at 7:45 a.m.

Tuesday: Brisk walk outdoors, 45 minutes at lunch.

Wednesday: Group fitness class in the evening.

Thursday: Bowling, volleyball or indoor soccer leagues or swim laps in the pool.

Friday: Ride bike at home 30 minutes before work and 30 minutes before dinner.

Saturday: Ski, snowboard or snowshoe with family/friends.

Sunday: 45-minute walk/run around the neighborhood before the football game.

If you have trouble motivating yourself, then participate in an exercise incentive program. The Incline Village Recreation Center is offering a Community and Member Fitness Incentive Challenge, called “Burn the Chill Off,” starting Feb. 1.

Participants are asked to burn 250 calories through exercise or activity four times a week for 8-weeks. You do not need to be a member of the Incline Village Recreation Center to join the challenge; however, if you register for the challenge you are eligible for a discounted 8-week membership. For more details on “Burn the Chill Off,” visit the Rec Center or call 775-832-1310. Happy Burning!

This tip was submitted by Pandora Bahlman, Health & Wellness manager for Incline Village Parks & Recreation Fitness.

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