But making exercise a priority is important for our weight loss efforts, our energy level and our sanity. In fact, one of the best things you can do to make the holidays go smoother and your celebrations happier is to take the time to fit in some exercise. And while the holidays are a crazed time, fitting in exercise is possible.
Tips for Fitting in Exercise During the Holidays
Make your holiday celebrations active. A holiday celebration by definition doesn’t have to be about food. Why not make it about having fun with family and friends in an active way? An afternoon spent ice skating or taking a brisk walk to view your neighborhood’s light displays can be a fun tradition and will allow you to spend time with loved ones and still eke out some exercise.
Combine your workouts. If you really only have 30 minutes, then make it the most efficient 30 minute workout you can. Combine cardio with strength training; include interval bursts while doing cardio and/or include super sets while lifting weights. Think intensity as opposed to duration. Make it short, sweet and effective.
Go sledding. Remember how much fun snowy days used to be? Relive the fun: sledding is not a kid-only activity. You’ll burn tons of calories lugging the sled uphill and think about the great core workout you’ll get laughing the whole way down!
Shovel your sidewalk and volunteer to do a neighbor’s. Not only will you get your heart rate going, work your back and shoulder muscles, but you’ll also be spreading good will.
Hand-deliver your holiday cards. Sure the Post Office needs the cash, but think of all the calories you could burn by walking around delivering the cards on foot. While it may not be possible for everyone on your list, even a short walk can do wonders for your overall health.
Bottom Line: Make the Time!