Surviving the Holidays at the Simon Family JCC

Categories: Fitness & Wellness,JCC

The holidays can become a two-month indulgent eating fest, where the rules of healthy eating and exercise tend to not apply. To a majority of the population, surviving the season means just maintaining weight. Weight maintenance can be difficult during this time because we’re constantly surrounded by food and festivities, creating an obstacle course to our holiday health.

However, it’s not impossible to stay healthy during the holidays; it just takes a game plan and a little discipline. Follow these tips to help you survive the season.

Don’t Starve Yourself For That Big Meal:
Try to eat 4-6 small meals.

Maintain Your Exercise Routine:
This helps burn a few extra calories in case you happen to over indulge here and there. Make sure you visit the Simon Family JCC Fitness Center to work out by yourself or as part of one of our 60+ exercise classes, including Tabata, Yoga, Pilates and Spinning. Check out our personal training packages – working out with a trainer gives you extra motivation.

Contact Tony Pearsall at 757-321-2321 or to schedule a fitness session. For information about group exercise classes, contact our Group Exercise Director, Sharon Giannelli, at 757-321-2310 or

Eat Slower:
Think about what you’re eating and enjoy – it actually takes 20 minutes for our brain to signal when we are full.

Bring Healthy Foods:
If you bring something healthy to the party, you’re ensured to have something healthy to eat. Think fruit with a yogurt dip, whole wheat pita and hummus or tortilla chips with salsa or a bean dip.

Avoid Socializing Around Food:
Try not to socialize around the appetizer table because the calories consumed before the meal count too.

Be Assertive:
You don’t have to say yes to every food or drink you’re offered. If you’re not hungry, simply say no thank you.

Note: The information presented here is not a substitute for medical advice. Consult a physician before starting any exercise. We suggest that you discontinue exercise immediately if you feel you’re exercising beyond your current abilities.