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Its hard enough to exercise the rest of the year, but add holidays to the mix and many of us find exercise becomes less of a priority.
The last thing you would want is more stress and, for many of us, trying to keep to our usual workout routine does just that. Staying active in some way will give you energy, reduce stress and tension and, of course, help mitigate some of the extra calories you may be eating.
So, the real question is how do you find that balance? Some of these quick tips will help you plan ahead, prepare yourself for any eventuality and provide workouts to help you stay active this season.
Be Prepared For The Holidays
If you’ve planned on traveling, planning ahead can make all the difference. Take some time to figure out what your options are so you’re ready for anything. Here are a few ideas below:
- Search for walking, running or part trails nearby
- Look up information about the hotel you’re staying at and see if they have an exercise room
- Plan simple workouts that don’t require much space or equipment. If you’re traveling or have visitors, you may be able to sneak in a workout in the basement without bothering anyone.
- Talk to your family in advance and suggest taking a walk or doing something active together.
- If you’re staying with family, ask if they have any fitness equipment
Try to plan your workout schedule beforehand. Even if you have to change it, you’ve already made a commitment to exercise.
If you’re not sure about your schedule or whether you’ll even have time to get in a workout, plan for the words case scenario. That may be staying in grandma’s basement with no equipment and only ten or fifteen minutes to yourself. Try these quick tips for squeezing in a workout even when you only have minutes to spare:
- Resistance bands. They are easy to pack when traveling and are great for quick strength exercises whenever you catch a few minutes
- If guests are staying with you, move your equipment into your bedroom so you can sneak in some exercise at night or in the morning.
- The best thing about phones is that we can stream our workouts online such as those offered by BodyBuilding.com
Utilize Every Opportunity
Planning and being prepared are nice, but even the best-laid plans get derailed, especially during the holidays. If you find yourself in a situation that there’s just no way to get in a workout, get creative and find ways to move your body any way you can:
- If you’re around kids, set up a game of football, tag or hide and seek.
- Offer to help with housework, shoveling snow or raking leaves.
- Walk as much as possible. Take extra laps at the mall, use the stairs, volunteer to walk the dog.
- If you find yourself sitting down and watching football with everyone try isometrics exercises–squeeze and hold your abs, the glutes or even press the hands together to engage the
Workouts For The Holidays
If you’re looking for some workout ideas, these routines cover everything from cardio to circuit training to strength workouts without equipment. Print them out and take them with you or just use them for inspiration in creating your own workouts.
You don’t need a gym to get a great workout. These 20 exercises that are recommended by fitness experts and celebrity trainer Amy Dixon will hit every single muscle in your body.
Bodyweight circuit is quick but tough. If there’s one thing we know about working out, it’s that the routines definitely don’t have to belong to be tough–and the proof is right here.
10 Minute Cardio Blast is perfect and is just as effective as doing a 45-minute workout on a treadmill. This workout will maximize both time and efficiency for the ultimate sweat session. Plus, pushing yourself harder means more afterburn.
Resistance bands are an amazing addition to any strength training routine or rehabilitation program and come in a variety of sizes, lengths, and strengths. These are simple for traveling during the holidays and makes life really easy.
Fat burning circuits are great for those holiday dinners. Fat burning workouts take you through a variety of cardio and strength training exercises to maximize your calorie burn.
The number one rule of thumb is to be realistic and go easy on yourself. You aren’t always in charge of your schedule during the holidays so you can only do your best to stay on task. Remind yourself that you can get back into your routine when you’re back home.