Find Ways to Stay Fit During the Holidays

It’s a no-brainer that exercising is beneficial to health. Whether youdo it to stay fit, extend your life span, keep your mind sharp or forany other reason, it’s important to keep at it. So why then, do somany people use the holidays as a reason to skive off?

In most cases, exercise takes a backseat during the holidays simplybecause people claim to be too busy. With all the shopping, cooking,cleaning and decorating going on, it’s easy to keep exercising off thelist of priorities.

While it may be too much to ask to drop everything you’re doing andhead to the gym, it’s not impossible to keep up with exercising duringthe holiday season. Instead of thinking that a workout has to be aseparate addition to your already miles-long to-do list, tryincorporating exercise into things you are already planning to do.

Park Farther Away
It’s been said before and it will surely be said again, but one of theeasiest ways to add exercise to your day is by parking your vehiclefarther away from the door. It’s a guarantee that you’ll visit thestores multiple times during the season, so just make it a habit toseek out a spot in the back of the lot instead of the front. If you’rein a hurry, power walk to the door to up your workout and stay onschedule.

Do Reps While you Wait
Baking is an essential part of the holidays; at least it is in myfamily. Waiting, unfortunately, is an essential part of baking. Onceyour cake, pie, cookies, brownie, etc. have been put in the oven, usethe baking time to do some reps of simple exercises. If you have handweights, do some bicep curls. Lacking equipment? Try some triceps dipsusing a table or chair as a balance. You can also work your legs withsquats and calf raises. By the time your treats are done, you’ll havefit a small, but effective, workout into your day.

Don’t Just Sit
Whether it’s watching movies, the big game or a holiday special, alarge chunk of time during the holidays is spent around the TV.Instead of just chilling on the couch, try sitting in some simple yogaposes. Seated-angle, sphinx and lotus are low-impact enough to be heldfor longer periods of time, and still give a great amount of stretch.If you’re feeling adventurous, try planking or some other moredifficult pose during commercial breaks.

Go All Out for Decorating
Decorating is one of my favorite traditions. It’s like the icing onthe cake for the holidays. Whether you decorate a lot or a little, youcan use the time to get quite the workout. The lifting, stretching,squatting and placing can work up a sweat faster than you think. Tospice up the yearly ritual, try listening to some of your favoriteup-tempo holiday tunes and dance the holiday pounds away.


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Andrew Pawley
Past Member 4 years ago

Exercise every day. Just go for a walk if nothing else. It all adds up and really helps.

Elena T.
Elena Poensgen4 years ago

Thank you :)

Andrew Pawley
Past Member 4 years ago

Good ideas. Try going for a walk and then making it a habit. Happy Thanksgiving from Hong Kong.

Georgina Burns
Georgina Burns4 years ago

thank you for posting.

Natalie Descent
Natalie Descent4 years ago

Good advice.

Lynn C.
Lynn C4 years ago


Syd Henley
Syd H4 years ago

Elizabeth S. How much an hour do you get paid for being a low class SPAMMING whore.

Judy T.
Judy T4 years ago

Good advise, Brandi. Thank youi!

Beth D.
Beth D4 years ago

The thing about holiday that it's only around once a year. I only make certain things on holidays because they take longer to prepare, or cost more, or because it's something special. So stopping after one bite is damn near impossible, especially if it involves chocolate! However, exercise is good....

PrimaSICK B.
PrimaAWAY B4 years ago