Fitness Ideas Ahead of the Holidays

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The holidays are almost upon us. This is the time of year where healthy routines usually go out the window. Between delicious meals, traveling to see family and running around town for that last minute gift, it’s hard to exercise and stay fit during these hectic times.

By making sure that you continue exercising through the holidays, you have a built in bad mood diffuser and you keep those holiday calories from settling in your waistline.

Thankfully, you don’t have to sacrifice all the hard work you put into keeping yourself healthy. By following these healthy ideas, you can have your turkey, and eat it too.

Plan Ahead for Travel

If you are traveling by car, check to see what trails or rest areas may be available for you to use for exercise on the road to your destination. If you are staying in a hotel, try to choose one that can give you access to a fitness center.

Staying with family can be great. You get to enjoy being together and also avoid the cost of a hotel room. If you have a fellow fitness buff in the family, ask ahead of time if you can have permission to use their equipment or other resources while you are staying with them. Check to see if they have a gym membership that allows them to bring a guest.

If those options are not available to you, plan a workout that does not require large equipment and takes little space. A quick internet search should yield the results you need.

Get Prepared

Before you hit the road, make sure you’ve packed what you might need to make sure you have some time to stay fit. Get together some work out plans that can be done on the go, or in smaller increments of time.

It’s also a good idea to pack your favorite fitness DVD in your suitcase, or subscribe to a streaming fitness video plan. Don’t forget to pack any resistance bands or hand weights you might use.

Get Creative

By thinking outside the box, you can certainly find ways to exercise even if you are limited on time to do it. Take an extra lap at the mall when doing your last minute shopping. If you are going somewhere with multiple levels, take the stairs instead of the elevator.

Make sure you park in the back of the parking lot when you are out and about. You could also volunteer to walk the family dog.

Try to involve your family in your physical activities so you’re still spending time together while you get your workout in. Just make sure it’s fun, like tag football or a relay race.

What You Need to Remember

The key to working out during the holidays with your family is this: something is better than nothing. The likelihood of your workout plan staying full force during the holidays is unfortunately pretty slim. However, doing what you can, when you have the opportunity, should be enough to make it easier for you to reengage in the New Year.

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