Between gift giving and spending time with loved ones, the holidays come with weight gain repercussions. But it doesn’t have to.
The holidays are an ongoing season with numerous baked treats in the office, social gatherings, and parties. It’s no wonder the average American will gain a few pounds without even realizing it. And at this busy time of the year, it’s easy for people to postpone their workout a few days back because they don’t have time. But fear not, the following are sneaky ways you can exercise during the holidays:
Don’t forget to bring portable fitness equipment when you’re packing for the holidays. Download some fitness videos, bring workout shoes, and other gears that are lightweight and easy to travel with. You might also want to curate some inspirational memos to keep you motivated over the holidays. Also, when everyone is spending time watching a movie, this could be the perfect time for you to slip away for a few minutes of exercise. If you don’t want to leave home, you could also opt for leg lifts, push-ups, sit-ups, and yoga poses to keep your body moving. Not only are they quiet activities, but you don’t have to worry about disturbing others.
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You can extend a helping hand by raking the leaves or cleaning up. It’s a good way to contribute to your family while you’re burning off some calories. For more workout time, you can volunteer to walk the dog or take the kids to the park. Cleaning up might already be on your list, so this is killing two birds with one stone.
If you can walk to the mall for some Christmas shopping, opt for that instead of driving. If that’s not ideal for you, take extra laps at the shopping center or park further away. Whatever you do, increase your activity by making small changes in your routine. Trust us; this will pay off.
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The holidays are about spending time with your family. Simply running around isn’t just for children; it’s for adults too! So go outside and explore your town! See where you can go ice skating with the family while sipping some tea during your break. You can also go for a drive to the nearest outdoor activity whether that’s hiking or snowboarding. This is not only adding some family time together, but you’re getting your heart pumping too.
Become an early bird and wake up an hour before everyone else to get some exercise in. That way, no one will bother you, and no one is surprised that you’re excusing yourself for some workout time later in the day. The key is to keep this routine consistent. Make sure to add it to your schedule and treat it as though it’s a job.
Keeping the weight off is easy when you know how to strategize for the season. Every step is important to keep your body looking incredible all year long.