Regardless of your plans this holiday season, don’t forget to make time for your fitness routine. Here are seven ways you can incorporate exercise into your holiday plans.
Get a Partner
It is a lot easier to stay motivated and follow through on a commitment when there is someone to hold you accountable. Find someone to be your workout partner and have them encourage you to remain committed to your fitness routine.
Go for a Walk
One of the best things about walking to stay in shape is that you can squeeze it in at any time. It doesn’t matter if you take a 10 minute walk or a 30 minute walk, walking is a great way to release some holiday stress, recharge your spirits, and burn a few calories after eating all of that festive holiday food.
Hire a Personal Trainer
If you find that you are having trouble establishing a fitness routine or need some instruction, consider hiring a personal trainer. This fitness guru can help you to develop a routine that will strengthen and tone your body, target your trouble areas, and coach and motivate you to stick to your fitness goals this holiday season.
If you feel that your workout is lacking some fun and rhythm, why not add a beat to it? Dancing is a great way for you to burn those extra holiday calories, learn a new dance move, and add some excitement back into your daily routine. Check with your local gym or fitness club to find out what dance classes they have available.
Workout at Home
Don’t let the cold temperatures and snow stop you from working out. You can turn any room of your home into your workout space. Do a few squats while you are washing the dishes or run up and down the stairs a few times before you hop into the shower to burn some of those extra calories.
Go for a Jog
Spend a little time outside and enjoy some of the fresh holiday air by going for a jog. The longer you spend outside jogging, the better your cardio rate and spirits will be. Make sure to dress in layers before going for a jog to minimize your risk of sweating while running.
Early or Late
If you are having trouble finding time to work out, try to fit it in right before you go to bed in the evening or as soon as you get up in the morning. Either way, your workout will not interfere with any of your other activities.
Working out during the holidays doesn’t have to be a solo project. Get your family involved and no one will have a reason to feel or look guilty about all of the holiday eating they will be doing over the holidays.