How to Make Time for Exercise During the Holidays
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Heart Association and the Mayo Clinic all recommend that adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity each week and do muscle strengthening exercises at least twice a week. And you’ve decided you’re going to do just that – after the holidays.
So often we put off plans to start exercising regularly until January 1 because we’re convinced we can’t maintain a workout regimen during the holidays. But making time for exercise during the holidays is easier than you think.
Here are three ways you can workout regularly, even during the holidays:
Spread out your workout.
Getting in the recommended 30 minutes of moderate exercise five days a week may sound challenging during the busy holiday season, but brief bouts of activity offer benefits, too. So try two to three segments of 10 to 15 minutes of activity each day. Plan ahead and set aside time for these short workout sessions.
If you can’t go to the gym, bring the gym to you.
If you know you won’t be able to make it to a gym, choose exercises that can be easily done at home such as yoga or body weight exercises. Find a good aerobic workout on YouTube or break out an old fitness DVD. If you’re traveling during the holidays pack resistance bands so you can get in your muscle strengthening workouts without lugging around dumbbells.
Walk it out.
Throughout the holidays (and all times of the year) remember to walk as much as you can. Skip the elevator and take the stairs. Park farther away at the grocery store or shopping mall. Take the dog for a walk.
With regular physical activity, you can make your holidays happy and healthy.
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