The holiday season is a time for relaxation, fun and merriment. This means that there will be lots of food, parties, shopping, traveling and other such activities. Starting with Halloween in October, through Thanksgiving Day and Christmas to the New Year celebrations, we will have ample opportunity for all of these.
However, the holiday fun can take its toll on your exercise routine. This can in turn lead to loss of fitness, weight gain and possibly poor health. You can prevent this if you make up your mind to stay healthy this holiday season. The following tips can help you achieve this:
Tips for Exercise During the Holiday Season
Set Realistic Goals
You should set achievable exercise or fitness goals considering that there will be activities, such as shopping and traveling, that will undoubtedly take up a lot of your time and energy.
Stick to Your Exercise Plan
Be determined to make time for exercise despite all the distractions of the holidays. You may be tempted to rush your exercises to make time for other activities, but take it slowly, especially after traveling, to avoid injuring yourself.
Dance at Parties
Who says you cannot have fun while exercising over the holiday season? If you love to dance, keep fit by doing so every chance you get.
Travel to the Tropics
If you plan to travel for the holidays, make it somewhere warm. Traveling to warm regions will allow you engage in fun exercises like hiking and swimming.
Improvise Your Exercise Routine
Make use of shopping runs to exercise. If possible, do not drive to the shopping mall or supermarket, walk instead. Burn off calories by shoveling your snow by yourself. Make family outings an opportunity to exercise.
The holidays are packed with a lot of activities that will occupy your time and leave you stressed and tired. Shopping on the internet will free up time that you can use to exercise.
Eating the right food will keep your body in shape for exercise. Do not drink excessively, since it can cause hangovers or make you ill, which can disrupt your plans. Alcoholic beverages also add on calories to a diet that has probably already been compromised due to holiday treats.
Wear Proper and Protective Clothing Outdoors
The holiday season is a period of very cold weather and snow. If you like to do your exercise outdoors, like going for an early morning run, remember to dress properly in warm and loose-fitting clothing.
Buy Exercise Equipment
This is one way to keep you focused on exercising. Exercise equipment can include running shoes, exercise DVDs, a treadmill, a stationary bike, etc.
Enjoy Season-Themed Activities
You can go skiing or snow-shoeing if you live in a place where it is possible or if you travel to such an area. You can also enjoy ice or roller skating on an indoor or outdoor skating rink.
Above all, remember to have fun while exercising, and do not overdo it.
‘Tis the season to eat, drink and be merrily healthy!