Outsmart the Holidays with Exercise

Outsmart the Holidays with Exercise

With all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it’s challenging to stay on top of our workout routines. However, exercise keeps us energized and less stressed through it all! Try these tips to stay active during the holiday season:

Plan Ahead – especially if you are traveling:

  • Look for nearby walking/running/ cross country/snowshoeing trails or skating rinks
  • Book a hotel with exercise facilities
  • If staying with family, see if they have exercise equipment or know of nearby gyms
  • Talk to family in advance to have built in walks & activities or sign up for a holiday themed family walk or run

Be Prepared – especially when you must squeeze a workout in:

  • Plan a 10 min routine with 10 exercises performed for 1 minute each- squats, lunges, push-ups, jumping jacks, crunches, etc. that you can do right in your bedroom
  • Bring resistance bands – they are easy to pack & can be used for quick strength exercises
  • If you have a laptop, bring a workout DVD or stream workouts online

Use Every Opportunity – be creative:

  • Keep you running shoes on and walk/run as much as possible – at the mall, use the stairs, walk the dog- take advantage of down time
  • Set up family games of football, tag, hide & seek, skiing, snowshoeing, snowball fights
  • Offer to help with the housework or shovel snow
  • If everyone is watching TV, get on the floor for some sit-ups or pushups
  • Fill up water bottles or use soup cans for an upper body workout