During the holidays, it is easy to self-indulge and excuse exercise until the New Year. It is a slippery slope even for the most disciplined people. Don’t let your health take a backseat this holiday season. Find out how you can stay in shape and still get into the spirit of the season this holiday.
Change Your Perspective
Change the way you define “exercise” and make working out fun. Staying in shape doesn’t have to involve long hours at the gym or strenuous runs on the treadmill. If you don’t like a certain exercise, don’t do it. There are different ways to be active, it just requires some creativity. Put on your dancing shoes and enjoy a night of salsa. Grab your skis or snowboard and hit the slopes. Strap on your rollerblades and stroll around your neighborhood. If it gets your heart rate up and your blood flowing, it counts. Leading an active lifestyle is about putting your body into motion, how you do it is up to you.
Download an App
If you can’t remember the last time you worked out, it has probably been too long. Time can fly when you are cozy on the couch watching your favorite holiday movies. If you want to know how active you are in a day, download Human. This fitness app tracks your daily movements – from the steps you took running from store to store while holiday shopping to the stairs you climbed to hang up the lights. After only 30 minutes of any cardio activity, Human rewards you for reaching your fitness goals. Use this app and get the push (notifications) you need to get off the couch.
Try Everything (In Portions)
Staying in shape is equal parts nutrition and exercise. But, that doesn’t mean you have to pass up the amazing food this season. Everything is good in moderation. By following a few portion control guidelines, you can still enjoy a delicious holiday meal. Control your calorie intake by using smaller plates to serve your food. Or, balance out your meal with more vegetables than carbs. Most importantly, pay attention to how you feel during your meal and stop eating when you are full. Strike the right balance and you can have it all.
Workout at Home
Why waste time driving to the gym when you can bring the gym to your living room? Don’t worry if you don’t have weight, you don’t need them. All you need is a little motivation and your favorite YouTube workout video. Many fitness coaches use YouTube as a platform to build their businesses. This means you can exercise in the comfort of your own home and without spending a penny. Thanks to the internet, you can stream some of your favorite routines like interval training, yoga and cardio. If you want to look dazzling in your new holiday dress but don’t have much time, look for a workout that fits your schedule. You can even squeeze in an an ab workout while you wait for dinner to finish cooking in the oven. With a strong core and a healthy outlook, you can finish the year off strong.