Many people lose track of their fitness plan during the holiday season. It's easy to say "I'll wait until the new year". However, this mentality could sidetrack you well into 2017. It may be difficult to get to the gym with family and friends in town for the holidays. You don't have to plan a full hour workout to keep yourself on track this time of the year.
Three tips for workouts at home or on the road:
1. Keep it short and sweet. Intense workouts that are shorter in duration are great for using up your energy stores and will help increase metabolism. These workouts can be as short as 10-20 minutes. Start with 10 body weight exercises (ex. squat jump, push-ups, burpees, etc) and perform each movement for :30-:60 seconds. Take a short break between exercises and complete the circuits 1-2 times.
2. Partner up. Working out with a partner or in a small group will keep things fun and help you push yourself. Get creative with partner exercises that require teamwork, coordination and synchronization.
3. Take advantage of all opportunities. Going shopping? Park at the far end of the parking lot and use the stairs instead of an elevator or escalator. If it snows, shovel the sidewalks and driveway. Take a pet for a walk. Play outside with your children, nieces or nephews. This type of activity doesn't have to be organized but will help you get your heart rate up and will help you feel better after the holiday season.
Heading to the gym during the holiday season?
1. Try a new class. What better way to challenge yourself than by trying a new class? Yoga might be the perfect blend of strength, mediation and relaxation that you need during the often stressful holiday season. Maybe a spin class will provide the energy and sweat that will help you recover from a food binge! Strength and HIIT classes also increase metabolism and reduce stress.
2. Bring a family member or a friend. The support we receive from loved ones throughout the year often keeps us motivated to push ourselves further. We often think of our workout community as our get away or place where we can "check out" for an hour. Sharing this experience with our family and friends will help build the support network and let them experience the benefits of fitness.
3. Give the gift of fitness. January is hands down the most popular time of the year for people to start a fitness program. A fitness membership could be the spark that a loved one needs to live a healthier life. Share the muvment this holiday season!
As we finish 2016 make sure you don't give up on your goals and 'wait until next year'. Staying active during the final two weeks of the year will keep you on track for a great start in 2017. Keep it short, change it up, and enjoy workouts with family and friends this holiday season!