Christmas may be over, but the celebrations rage on at the theme parks. New Years Eve is almost here, and thousands of guests will be celebrating at the Central Florida theme parks. On New Years Day, they’ll start their resolutions. One of the most popular always seems to be “Lose some weight.”
The parks are dangerous to your waistline because there are too many good restaurants, bakeries, and the like. Who can resist the smell of fresh chocolate chip cookies on Main Street in the Magic Kingdom, the tasty Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream at Universal, or the baked goods taunting you from the glass case at SeaWorld’s Cypress Bakery?
Fortunately, you can use the theme parks as part of your weight loss plan. Here’s how to turn them from a threat into a way to support your New Years resolution:
1) Park as far away from the entrance as possible, and don’t take the tram. Usually it’s a struggle to get the best possible parking spot at the parks. If you’re in the far reaches of the lot, you hop aboard a tram. Change your point of view and look at parking far away as a good thing. Resist the urge to take the tram and make that calorie-crunching trek to the gate on foot.
2) Resist tasty temptations. Universal, Islands of Adventure, SeaWorld, and Busch Gardens all have all-day dining deals. They’re a great bargain, but they’re also a great way to pack on the pounds during your vacation. Instead, bring something healthy for breakfast, like a granola bar, and only have two meals. Don’t get the the dining deal, which encourages overeating. Instead, buy carefully chosen food.
3) Drink water instead of soda. Even in the winter, it can get pretty hot and sweaty in Central Florida. Don’t buy sugary, fattening soda. Bring a water bottle with you to the theme parks and refill it at water fountains. You’ll stay hydrated and add zero calories to your instake.
4) Consider getting a Fitbit to track your steps. Since I live near the theme parks, I sometimes visit them just to get some exercise. I have a neat little device called a Fitbit that I wear on my bra to see how many steps I walk in a day. You can buy it online or at Best Buy. It’s a great motivating tool because I want to beat each day’s steps. You can use it at the parks and when you’re back home. You can join the Fitbit website for free, and your device uploads your steps to the site so you can easily keep track of your overall activity.
Personally, I also wear Skechers Shape-Ups when I’m walking in the theme parks. I know there’s some debate or whether they have any fitness benefit. I wear them because they’re comfortable and they’re one of the few shoe styles that doesn’t blister me. However, I did notice an unexpected weight loss during Halloween Horror Nights the first year I wore them, so there could be some truth to the claims.
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