Healthy Holidays

Ok, so you’re busy, you’re stressed out, and baby, it’s cold outside! So why not just take a break from your fitness program until the New Year?

You can always come up with some excuse not to exercise. But slacking off on your fitness program during the holidays will only leave you with more pounds — and more stress — come the New Year.  This time of year is difficult for many people trying to stick to an exercise program, lets keep you focused and motivated! You can make adjustments that will help you stay fit during the season. For example, if you usually take exercise classes only offered at a certain time, skip the classes and take a hike or a swim at an indoor pool instead.Take an honest look at your schedule, and instead of trying to squeeze exercise into your schedule, take other things out! Your goal should be not to do more, but to do less, but do it all well. Keep fitness a priority! Be flexible when you get busy. Instead of blowing off your usual 5:30 pm workout at the gym to go to that party, why not get up early and go for a run before work? Instead of that lunch at the desk, take a brisk walk. Not only will you feel better, you will also feel better knowing you did not miss your workout and every time you fit even a little bit of exercise in, it all adds up!   If you are feeling bored with your routine on top of all the stress and not being able to get that workout in, try mixing up your routine. If you usually run 3-4 days a week, try running one day and swimming another and a resistance weight lifting two or three times a week.  The addition of new exercises will hopefully be a stronger motivator than having to do that “same ol’ thing”.  If time is a factor, try combining exercising with those family commitments! Hauling those kids up a hill for sledding can be as beneficial as a good jog! Get that family inside the great outdoors! Winter doesn’t have to keep you in! It can be a great way to learn a new sport of snowshoeing, x country or downhill skiing or snowboarding and  ice skating, provide quality time with those loved ones!   For those days you just can’t make it to the gym, try simple at home, no nonsense exercises that require no equipment! You can do crunches, pushups and many others! If all else fails, take a walk!! Walking is an exercise that can go anywhere, from your couch to the mall or just around the block to look at the xmas lights! Remember, even if you find yourself simply too bogged down to exercise at all during the holidays, that’s no excuse to stay inactive! If you fall off that exercise wagon, get back on and get back into that healthy routine!

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