With the temptation to indulge in mountains of food and the limited amount of time with loved ones, the holiday season is a lot like the perfect storm for your fitness. After all, cookies and cakes are abounding, and your time would probably be spent with the family.
Indeed, a lot of people normally consume a lot more calories in the holidays than in other times of the year. Some people even choose to consume more in December and simply vow to cut back on food consumption when the next year starts, according to ABC 6 News.
Fitness experts, however, have stated that you should try to include some exercise in your holiday routine as much as possible. Anne Hessler, program director at the Hastings YMCA, stated that people can actually do some exercise despite the relatively sedentary routine the holiday season fosters, reported NBC Nebraska.
Here are some quick exercises to keep you fit this December.
A few sets of squats and lunges are a great way to stay fit whenever you find yourself with some free time. Of course, if you can do these exercises in a set with a group, your brief exercise routine would be more fun.
Some weight training is possible, too, even if you do not have any dumbbells and the like. Grocery items like milk jugs are great alternatives to weights.
Though the holidays are a time of relaxation, try your best to aim for about 10,000 steps a day. This translates to about 30 to 60 minutes of physical activity.
You don't even need to go all-out and start jogging around in your tracksuit. Just take a simple walk with your family and friends around the neighborhood. Also, when getting something from the convenience store, walk instead of driving. These little things pile up and help you maintain your fitness.
It is completely understandable that your exercise routine would probably be a bit disturbed by the activities you would engage in during the holiday season. But remember, when it comes to fitness, a little exercise is better than no exercise at all.
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