For most people, December through New Year’s is the busiest time of the year. But don’t let your fitness regimen fall through the cracks. If you plan out your time, there is enough to squeeze in a workout between the parties, the last minute holiday shopping and the traveling to be with friends and family.
- Make an exercise date everyday with yourself or ask a motivating friend to join- Check out your gym’s group classes calendar and figure out what days and times you can block off for a class. If you have to pay for a class, you’re more likely to keep to your schedule and not back out of the class. If you work with a personal trainer, schedule the same time each week and stick to it…your trainer counts on your presence, so don’t let him/her down.
- Shave off time with interval training- HIIT not only burns more calories, faster, but it strengthens your heart and keeps you healthy. Try 15-60 seconds of maximum intensity followed by 20-30 seconds of rest on the bike, rower, elliptical or treadmill, for at least 20 minutes, a few times each week.
- Squeeze in those abs– On those days that you can’t make it to the gym, try to squeeze in a few sets of abdominal exercises. A strong core will help you with improved posture, flexibility and stability. Many ab moves can be done from your bedroom floor, so no excuses!
- Use commercials during your favorite show- For every commercial break, set the timer on your phone and crunch, push-up, lunge to the other side of the room or perform jumping jacks in place during those 2-3 minute breaks.
- De-stress with yoga- Yoga is excellent for helping to reduce seasonal stress while improving flexibility, balance and strength. Believe it or not, yoga is easy to do in front of your TV and any fitness level can find an appropriate yoga training video that best suits them.
Don’t let the holiday season stress and craziness cut into your workout routine. Believe it or not, exercising can help ease the holiday stress and make you feel better this season.