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Survive the HOLIDAYS by staying active

Updated: Nov 19, 2021

It is getting to be that time of the year - the Holiday season.

Our social calendars will be filling up with office parties, family and friends get-togethers, holiday parties, and so many more events. It is easy to slack off your workout routines with so much going on, especially if you are the host.

Here are some easy ways to maintain a level of fitness through the holidays.

Plan 10 minutes a day to do something active. Yes, only 10 minutes a day. If you are trying to commit to an hour - it will be harder to do and easier to say I don't have the time. 5 minutes will also work - NO EXCUSES!!

Usually, after 5-10 minutes you will feel energized and might feel like going longer - if not, you did something.

IDEAS of what to do for 5-10 minutes:

  • Play Air guitar like a rock star!

  • Go for a brisk walk,

  • Do some jumping jacks,

  • Take the clothes off of your treadmill and use it

  • Put on some fun music and dance around

  • Break out the Wii and play something active

  • Stretch or Yoga

  • Jump on a rebounder

  • Jog in place

  • Do the Twist

  • Go up and down the stairs

  • Sit down, stand up, walk to the other room and back & repeat 10 times or more

  • Practice a full golf swing on both sides repetitively

  • Pushups and sit-ups

  • Jump rope

  • Rough house play with the kids or grandkid

  • Play tag

  • Throw the ball for the dog, don't just stand there, move around

  • Stand on 1 leg and balance for 30+ seconds, Repeat 6 times on each leg

  • Mini Core workout: Hip lift Bridges, Bicycles, plank hold, Superhero (prone back extensions), and Mt climber for 1 minute each & REPEAT

Try doing these things vigorously,

  • Aerobic house cleaning

  • Aerobic yard work

  • Jog in place while doing dishes and putting them away

  • Side and back leg lifts while cooking

  • With this past rain, there will be plenty of weeds to pull

  • Sweep the deck

  • Rake up leaves

  • Clean your gutters

  • Vacuum the house

  • Vacuum out your car, get way under the seats and the trunk.

  • Wash your car.

  • Powerwalk in the mall while shopping

  • Toe raises while standing in a line

Now get creative and move!

Don't beat yourself up, just get back on track after the Holidays.


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