This week’s blog begins with a little True/False quiz, inspired by a November 2018 article from Health.com called “5 Myths and Facts About Holiday Weight Gain.” How much do you know about holiday weight gain? See how well you fare!
- True or False? Most people gain 7-10 pounds over the holidays.
- True or False? Many holiday indulgences can trigger water retention.
- True or False? It’s OK to “ditch your workouts” during the holidays.
- True or False? It’s easy to lose weight in January.
- True or False? Water is a great weight-gain weapon.
Spoiler alert! You can find the correct answers posted at the bottom of this post. In the meantime, read on to learn more about keeping holiday pounds off with martial arts.
How Many Calories You Can Burn
When you practice a martial art such as karate, taekwondo or – our specialty – merpati putih, you can burn a lot of calories in a short time. This chart from HealthAmbition.com puts it in perspective. Based on your weight, here’s how many calories you can burn in an hour:
If you weigh 155 pounds, that means an hour of MP would help you work off approximately:
- 14 candy canes;
- Four 1.4-ounce gingerbread cookies;
- Three cups of eggnog; OR
- One thick slice of cheesecake
What makes martial arts such an effective workout? “Since martial arts usually involve at least an hour punching or kicking pads, sparring, and shadow boxing,” explains a martial arts blogger named Matthew, “you’ll be working your muscles in a way that no jog can.”
Keep in mind, however, that you may still gain weight over the holidays if you consume a lot of extra calories without adding more workouts to your routine. If you really want to ward off the holiday bulge – while still enjoying all the tempting treats – you’ll need to do some math. You need to burn about 3,500 calories to lose a pound.
How to Get Back on Track
If fudge and fruitcake get the best of you this season, never fear! Beginning January 2, 2019, MP USA is offering a new family fitness program designed not only to help you rebound from holiday weight gain but also to help you enjoy making memories with your family. There are many benefits of doing martial arts together as a family, and we’d love to have you join us! After you check your answers to our quiz, check out MP USA!
- False. Average holiday weight gain is actually about 1.5 pounds, one pound for women and two pounds for men.
- True. Holiday foods tend to be high in sugar and/or salt – both of which can cause bloating.
- False. Exercise is a great way to improve physical health, improve sleep and reduce stress.
- False. Because keeping our New Year’s resolutions is easier said than done, most people don’t lose their holiday excess. “This ‘weight creep,’” writes Health.com’s Cynthia Sass, “is what leads to most Americans packing on about 10-20 pounds per decade.”
- True. As you’re keeping holiday pounds off with martial arts this season, make sure you drink plenty of water. Staying hydrated helps you eat less, lose weight faster and consume fewer sugary and artificially-sweetened drinks.
Start your New Year feeling great by keeping holiday pounds off with martial arts! We have programs suitable for the whole family! Call 1-866-666-7872 x 1 to learn more and make 2019 your healthiest yet!