The holidays can be a very busy time for people. With the holiday shopping and events, it can be difficult to keep your normal workout regimen. This shouldn’t be an excuse to slack off. If you’ve been working your ass off all year, you don’t want to have most of it go to waste in a month. There are simple things you can do to at least maintain your fitness during holidays if you’re unable to stick to your regular schedule.
If you have a lot going on during the holidays, your best bet to stay active is doing short workouts. One way to approach it is minimalist workouts. This means limiting the number of exercises you do in a workout. You can do as little as two exercises per workout. This will save you time and you won’t have to hop around using a bunch of equipment . My go to minimalist workout at the gym would be squats and deadlifts. Choosing this pair allows you to stay in one place throughout your workout
Sprints are another way to get in a short workout. This might be the easiest approach since it doesn’t require any equipment. All you need is an open field, a healthy body, and a fire in your belly. It’s one of the top exercises I recommend for busy people.
Don’t Drink Your Calories
This one takes discipline. With the different holiday events and meetings going on, you’ll often be tempted with lots of food. As someone who likes to pig out from time to time, I try to minimize the damage by not drinking my calories. Sticking to water will limit your overall caloric intake and help you get full faster, which will reduce how much you eat.
Stress management is crucial when trying to stay fit. The holidays can be a stressful time for a number of reasons. Too much stress can have a negative effect on your fitness and overall health. One way to keep stress in check is something I’ve already mentioned. Doing short workouts will significantly reduce the accumulation of workout related stress. This can come in handy if you have a lot going on this season. You can even replace one of your intense workouts for a yoga session.
Aside from shortened workouts, you can also do things like watching comedy, doing an artistic activity, or various breathing exercises. Keeping your stress in check will help you tremendously with maintaining the progress you’ve made.
If you have a busy holiday season there are still things you can do to stay fit and healthy. What are some ways you’re maintaining your fitness?
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