The holidays are almost here. It will soon be time for an endless supply of eggnog, hot chocolate and other great holiday treats. If you’re lucky enough to enjoy a white Christmas, you’re probably planning to stay inside where it’s warm and cozy.
The holidays are truly a time to look forward to. It may be the only time you get to spend with family and friends who live out of state. It may also be the only time of the year you get to slow down for a while.
However, the holidays also have their downside. With all the travelling and holiday activity, it can be hard to keep up with your daily routine to stay healthy and active. The fact that you’re unable to get to your gym for your regular workout or carry out your regular routine doesn’t mean you should throw in the towel during the holiday season. The following are some ideas you can use to stay active this holiday season:
Stairs offer a great workout. A 150-pound person can burn an average of 10 calories when they walk upstairs compared to 1.5 calories when they ride the elevator. Using the stairs will also help strengthen your legs and core.
You don’t have to be at the gym to strengthen your body. There are many body weight exercises that can help you build muscle. These include pushups, crunches, lunges, squats and much more. Increase your reps and look for variations that increase the difficulty of the movements in order to see more gains over the holidays.
Get outside and walk whenever you can. Take advantage of your free time and explore the neighborhood. You can even discover walking and running tracks and trails in and around the city. Walking is a great way to explore a new place while burning some calories. It’s also quite therapeutic.
Get up from the couch and dance to your favorite tunes. Dancing is fun and effective at keeping you active. You don’t even have to leave the house for this workout. Simply let your hair down and dance like nobody’s watching.
Has it been a year since you last gave your house a good scrub? The holidays are a perfect opportunity to get your house spick and span. All that bending, lifting, running up and down stairs and folding will work your body too.
You have no excuse. There are many great ways to stay active during the holidays. You simply have to make your health a priority.