So, how can playing hooky from work help you minimize holiday weight gain? There are multitude of ways:
- Playing hooky is fun thus reducing your stress. When your stress levels are lower you will not "stress munch" and your Cortisol levels will be lower. Cortisol is that hormone that can raise your blood pressure and blood sugar level when your stress levels rise. It also contributes to the growth of the fat in that muffin top.
- On your hooky day you can go out and do something that involves far more movement than sitting at your desk at all day. Shopping for gifts requires lots of walking through the mall. You could go ice skating, frolicking out doors, build a snowman, or go out and get your Christmas tree and start decorating your house for some holiday festivity. All that moving is burning calories.
- The office is probably loaded with sinful holiday foods because of gifts from vendors, customers, or the company. This time of year the office will be filled with cookies, candies, tubs of Carmel covered popcorn, brownies, and whatever muffin top fueling foods that people can make from the Food Channel Season Eatings shows. Getting out of the office for the day will give you a chance to stay clear of the sugary fat buffets in the coffee room.
It's the holidays, a time for cheer and fun. Play hooky from the office and take a day of guilty pleasure just for yourself.