Turkey over training — that seems to be everyone’s mantra over the holidays. However, staying active over this year’s holidays will give you extra energy, reduce stress and of course, help shed some of those extra calories from Grandma’s cooking. Here’s how to get your body in gear this holiday season.
Planning ahead can make all the difference, especially if you’re on the move. Take time to figure out what your options are. Just a few ideas:
- Look up information about the hotel you’re staying at to find out if they’re equipped with an exercise room.
- Search for park or walking trails nearby.
- Talk to your family in advance, and suggest taking a walk or doing something active together.
- Plan your workouts beforehand. Even if you have to switch it up (which is probable when you’re on the move), you’ve already made a promise to exercise. It’s easier to stick with it when you have it planned.
If you’re unsure about your schedule and don’t know whether you’ll have time to get in a workout, plan for the worst-case scenario. Even if you’re stuck in your grandparents’ house with no equipment and only 10 minutes to yourself, find a way to make the most with what you have. Try these tips for quick workouts, even when there’s only a few minutes to spare:
- Take a workout plan with you. Plan a 10-minute routine that you could do right in your bedroom. Choose 10 exercises and do each for a minute or two. For example, lunges, squats, jumping jacks, pushups or planks.
- If you have a tablet or laptop, bring along a workout DVD or try streaming workouts online.
- Bring resistance bands. They’re small, compactable and travel well. Use them for a quick strength exercises whenever you catch a few minutes
- Wear your walking or running shoes as much as you can. You may find a window when people are napping or before dinner for a quick run or walk.
Seize the Moment
- Planning and preparing are great, but even the best-laid plans get wrecked, especially during the holidays. If there’s just no way to get in a workout, it’s time to get creative.
Offer to help with the housework, rake leaves or shovel snow.
- Walk as much as possible. Use the stairs, take extra laps at the mall or volunteer to walk the dog.
- If everybody’s sitting around watching football, get on the floor for some pushups or situps.
The most important thing is to go easy on yourself and be realistic. You’re not always in charge of your schedule during the holidays. Do your best and remind yourself that you can get back to a routine when you’re back home.