HOW TO STAY FIT THROUGH THE HOLIDAYS

Friday, December 8, 2017

The holidays have arrived, and with Thanksgiving kicking off a season of family, fun, and food, it is important to keep balance between indulging in our festive favorites and keeping our fitness in check. Unfortunately, with the hustle and bustle of the holidays, exercise could be the first thing dropped off our to-do list when we run short on time. The bad news is that it only takes two to three weeks to see a decline in your physical fitness once you stop exercising, but it takes twice as long to gain back what you lost during that period and often it takes people well into the summer months to get back to where they started. Here are some tips to staying healthy and in shape through the holidays to ensure when the New Year rolls around, you can hit the ground running.

SCHEDULE YOUR WORKOUT

Whether you are a morning, afternoon or evening exerciser, the easiest way to make sure that you make time for yourself is to add it to your calendar and block out that time. Try to be active at least four times a week.

WORK OUT IN THE MORNING WHEN YOU CAN

There is nothing better than starting your day off right with a healthy workout. When things are busy, getting your fitness routine in early will ensure you donít skip it if the day gets away from you later on, and the added benefit of stress reduction will help you make it through a hectic day.

HAVE A DO-IT ANYWHERE OPTION

Depending on where you live, the weather can keep you in this time of year, or maybe you travel during the holidays. Having a workout routine you can take with you is the best way to avoid the, ďI couldnít make it to the gymĒ excuse. If weather permits take a walk outdoors, or you can use indoor equipment if you have it, watch your favorite workout video, or search YouTube for body weight based exercises such as squats, lunges, and pushups.

HAVE A SHORT INTERVAL OPTION

If you simply cannot devote 20-40 minutes at once to a workout, sneak in mini workouts throughout the day. 10 minutes two or three times a day can make a huge difference. A brisk walk, intervals of push-ups, sit-ups, planks, lunges, or jumping jacks, or a short workout with exercise bands or hand weights will do the trick.

DONíT FORGET TO EAT

We will all be tempted during the holidays to eat and that is OK! The main thing is to find your balance. Itís ok to indulge a bit at a party, but make healthy choices before and after the party. Be sure to eat during the day even if you have a party at night, it will keep your energy level up and help prevent you from overindulging later in the day. If you have to bring a dish to the party, consider making a healthier option, you may be surprised how many people appreciate a guilt free snack among all the other high calorie options.

The main trick is to find what works best for you and stick with it. Staying fit will help you live a longer and healthier life and your body and mind will thank you. For more information or to learn about our 24 Hour Fitness Centers and Personal Trainers, contact us at info@midamericarehab.com or call 573-768-3349.