Hello everyone! I hope you all are doing well and getting ready for an amazing holiday season. Most have a ton going on this time of year and often travel to see loved ones. I am writing this article to give all readers some ideas about accessible ways to exercise in the midst of busy holiday schedules.
First of all, some working out is always better than none at all. Perhaps, you are not able to get in your usual workout, but there are so many effective 10-12 minute routines one could find and/or design that will help keep the body conditioned and maintain progress into the new year. Even doing push ups and holding various planks daily can help to keep the body in shape.
Second, do not discount bodyweight exercises. You may not be able to head to the gym and work out with a ton of modalities, but simple crunches, flutter kicks, bodyweight butt blasters, push ups, etc. can help you achieve a beneficial workout. Plyometrics such as burpees, ice skaters, and tuck jumps can also be added into your bodyweight workout routine (if you do not have joint issues). In most cases, adding cardio to the mix is always welcome. It’s good for your whole respiratory system and will help to burn off extra calories consumed during the holidays. Simply taking regular walks, runs, and jogs can help one to stay active during this time of year as well.
Thirdly, why not get the family involved? It could be fun to design a workout that the whole family can enjoy. Put on some tunes and do your holiday workouts together. In my experience, it’s always better to share the joy of exercise together.
Doing an activity together could also be done in lieu of your usual exercise routine such as playing capture the flag, going to laser tag, or ice skating. Skiing and snowboarding provide a great workout as well. I encourage everyone during the holidays to think of creative ways to stay in shape. Everyone, from time to time, needs a break from the monotony of one’s regular routine. Then, you can start the new year feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
Self care is just as much a part of fitness as the actual exercises. Be kind to yourself. Foam roll as often as possible. Stretch tight muscles. Get a massage or maybe, take an epsom salt bath. Furthermore, if you are going to indulge during the holidays, have some self compassion. As long as you don’t completely abandon physical activity and have a plan to get back on track, you will be fine. An interesting fun fact is that if you stress about eating more calorically dense foods, even though you are consuming portions within reason, then the stress alone can cause your body to hold onto the weight. Be merry, really!
Lastly, create realistic expectations for yourself. Look at your holiday plans, your work schedule, your family plans, and anything else you have going on and assess your time. You may not be able to make progress with your fitness goals, but you can definitely maintain. Or, maybe you have so much going on that you gain a couple of pounds. This is manageable compared to completely avoiding your health and fitness during the holidays. Or, if you are bodybuilding then this season is a great opportunity to support your body calorically. Again, try to enjoy celebrating with loved ones!
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