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‘Tis The Season . . .
. . . for peppermint mochas, chocolate crinkle cookies and long to-do lists. Just because life gets busy during the holidays, doesn’t make it okay to cross exercising off your list. Everyone will experience an interruption in their workout schedules from time to time. With some planning and flexibility, you can maintain your workout program and feel your best!
How do we stay fit during all the “holiday crazy” ? There isn’t one right answer for everyone. Most experts agree that it all depends upon your goals and your current level of fitness.
- Moderate Fitness Level – If your goal is to maintain your current level of fitness during the holiday crush, moderate exercise for 30 minutes every other day may be all you need.
- High Fitness Level – If your current fitness level is high and you want to keep it that way, you’ll need to adjust your exercise time, type and intensity accordingly.
Make a Plan
It doesn’t have to be complicated. Just make up your mind that no matter how “holiday crazy” it gets, you’ll find 30-60 minutes at least every other day (every day ideally) to get in some exercise. Write it down, work it into your routine. When life gets hectic, you’ll have your fitness roadmap ready and waiting!
Simple Ways to Stay Fit During the Holidays
Below are a few suggestions that can help you keep moving (the correct body parts) to maintain your fitness.
JUST 20-30 MINUTES
Slow and steady sweat sessions may be tough to fit in during this busy time. Instead, opt for high-intensity interval workouts two or three days a week for 20 to 30 minutes. Alternate between cardio intervals and bodyweight exercises.
MOVE IT, MOVE IT!
Move as Many Body Parts as Possible!
Ditch the single muscle group workouts and go for compound movements that work more than one area of the body. Do lunges with a bicep curl, squats with an overhead press or a plank with leg raises. Oh yea, baby!
Now May be the Time to Buddy-Up.
If you’re a solo exerciser, this might be a good time to hook up with a friend for accountability (or motivation). Schedule a few days a week to meet at the gym or go for a run. It’s always easier to push through and make it happen with someone doing the same.
Look Into Fitness Accommodations.
If you’re doing some traveling this holiday season, make sure you stay in a hotel that has a fitness center. Even a pool can provide a quick workout before starting your day. New surroundings can sometimes be even more motivating to get in a run or a walk.
PACK A SPARE
Keep Some Junk in the Trunk.
Be sure to keep a spare pair of workout clothes and shoes in the car for those days when you can squeeze in a sweat session between shopping and partying. Just getting two or three extra workouts in can make a huge difference in how you feel for the month.
Think about it. Are you getting seven to nine hours of sleep a night? One of the simplest and most important ways to stay fit this season is to get sufficient sleep. When sleep is scarce, your workout is one of the first things to go. Try not to let that happen. . get your sleep.
USE IT OR LOSE IT
While it’s true that when you stop exercising you lose fitness, how quickly you lose it depends on several factors, including how fit you are, how long you have been exercising and how long you stop. If you can take advantage of just a few of the suggestions shown in this article, you’ll have an advantage over stopping your exercise altogether.