The holiday season is here…it officially starts tonight when everyone goes out for their Thanksgiving eve celebrations, drinking and eating with friends back home they haven’t seen in a while. Then tomorrow we all over-indulge on multiple spreads and courses intertwined with more drinking that we call our annual Thanksgiving feast. Right after that comes Christmas, Hanukkah, New Years’, etc...Tis’ the season to eat, drink and be merry! It’s also the season where some let it all go. Their daily workouts slowly fade out or are put on hold because “I’m just going to gain weight during the holidays anyway” or “I don’t have time with all these holiday parties and celebrations.” While we may be busy and over consuming during the holiday season, we don’t have to give up our physical activity. Have your cake and eat it too, people! Perhaps if you do this, you will avoid the holiday weight and you won’t be jumping on that “New Years Eve Resolution I’m going to go to the gym in the beginning of January wicked hard” bandwagon. The best way to keep your body at some sort of energy equilibrium during the holiday season, is to get off your butt and do something (and it seriously is as simple as it sounds).
It surely is a fact that during the holidays, free time seems to be nonexistent. I’m not telling you to wake up at 5 am for a work out when you’re going to be nonstop until 2 in the morning. We don’t want to over exert ourselves, completely running our bodies down (no getting sick during the holidays!). What we need to do is sneak in some physical activity in between the busy-ness…or even pair it up with your tasks. Here are a few ways you can boost your energy output this holiday season:
1. Every workout counts. Just because you didn’t get a workout in the past 3 days doesn’t mean it won’t make a difference if you go or not today. Of course it will! Every calorie burnt is a calorie burnt, every muscle worked is still a muscle worked. Even getting a little stretch in counts. If you haven’t worked out in a few and find some time, don’t throw in the towel …just do it! No work out is too small. EVERY WORKOUT COUNTS! That being said….
2. Look at your week ahead. What days do you have gaps. Designate the days with gaps to be your weekly workout days. Even if it’s just one, you’re getting it in.
3. What is your favorite exercise? Push-ups? Squats? Burpes? Jumping jacks? Pick one, two, three, whatever you wish (alternating exercising is always fun) and do 1 - 3 minutes of these exercises when you roll out of bed, and again before you get back in. Everyone has a minute to spare. If you think you don’t, chop it off your social media time.
4. Got a bunch of cooking and preparing to do? Turn up the music and dance around while you cook (one of my favorite cooking styles, holiday or not). It may seem too fun to be considered exercise....but it is! Get that body moving while you prepare for the holidays. It will burn calories and make the work more fun and fly by.
5. When the days’ celebration is over, the couch and the TV calls our names (holiday specials start tomorrow). Don’t listen! Take a walk after dinner, and bring your friends or family, or if you’ve had enough, go solo. Nothing crazy, just a walk around the block. Get some fresh air and some exercise before calling it a night and hitting the couch.
6. On the other end of that, do a little working out during commercials when you lounge after your feast.
7. Holiday shopping takes up a lot of spare time. Make it into a workout opportunity. Park as far away from the mall entrance as you can so you can get a good walk on the way in (plus, with everyone else doing their shopping and the parking lot being a crazy mess you may have to or might as well just park as far away from the action as possible). Take your time in the stores so you can make sure you get just the right gifts, but speed it up on the walk to the next store. Pick up the pace and get that blood pumping (and just maybe you can escape that crowded mall scene quicker than expected).
So there you go, a few holiday helpers to keep your energy output in check. Keep that body moving so you’re ahead of the game when 2015 swoops in. Happy healthy holidays!