Simple Tips to Stay Fit During the Holidays
The holidays are here and we’re all busy, stressed, and have invitations to holiday party after holiday party. Although it’s easy to use the holidays as an excuse to skip your workout, it’s more important than ever to keep up with your fitness routine. It will help you avoid the need to bounce back into shape with New Year’s resolutions, and having a healthy holiday season will cut down on pounds and stress, making celebrating with friends and family that much more enjoyable.
It is important to acknowledge that the holidays will affect your fitness program and be flexible so you can fit it in, even if it’s a 10 minute walk or 30 minute interval training workout you do in your living room instead of your regular hour long spin class. As long as you are moving, you are doing good for your body and mind. Schedule your workouts – making it a priority, and don’t spread yourself too thin or it will add stress and mess with your immune system.
Here are some simple tips for staying fit during this busy and temptation-filled holiday season from Jill Harris, a Pilates and fitness expert, and owner of Informed Body Pilates Studio in San Francisco:
- Continue to move, even at Holiday dinners and parties. Some simple exercises that you can do anywhere without anyone noticing include:
- Strengthen and tone your inner thighs: At dinner, squeeze your inner thighs together and hold for 30 seconds, then release.
- Work your abs: Always sit tall in your chair. Try doing “crunches” by drawing your navel towards your spine, hold, and then release. This helps to keep your figure slim by toning and burns calories.
- While watching TV, don’t fast-forward through commercials – use the 2+ minutes to work your entire body with planks or wall squats.
- After an indulgent meal – add an extra walk in. Invite a friend with you so you can socialize and burn calories together.
- During this time of year – keep your weights, Thera bands, rollers, balls and any other small home exercise accessory in plain sight. Pick them up as you walk by each day and add some extra exercise into each day.
Try incorporating these simple tips into your day this holiday season, and you will be surprised how the extra ten minutes of movement and exercise will help you feel better and keep your metabolism revved.