Be careful not to neglect exercise during the holidays. It’s important for your overall physical and mental health. Plus, it will help keep those extra calories from turning into extra pounds.
If you can’t make it to the gym, sneak more activity into your day by trying some of these ideas during the holidays and throughout the year:
When waiting in line at the grocery store or mall, flex your abs for 10 seconds and repeat 10 times. It’s a quick and easy way to work your core without anyone noticing.
Use the stairs instead of the elevator. Find a parking spot farther away from your building so you get in a few extra steps. While it may take a little more time to reach your destination, those extra steps add up to better fitness!
Instead of calling or emailing a co-worker, get up from your desk and walk over to chat with them.
First thing in the morning, hit your bedroom floor and do 50 crunches and 50 push-ups. It only takes a few minutes and sets the tone for your day.
We’ve come up with 12 festive exercises you can add to your holiday routine. Follow this list for 12 days to burn some holiday calories.
12 Drummers Drumming (Hammer curls)
11 Pipers Piping (Push ups)
10 Lords a Leaping (Lunges)
9 Ladies Dancing (High knees)
8 Maids a Milking (Calf raises)
7 Swans a Swimming (Supermans)
6 Geese a Laying (Squats)
5 Golden Rings (Arm circles)
4 Calling Birds (Tricep kickbacks)
3 French Hens (Vertical jumps)
2 Turtle Doves (Glute bridges)
1 Partridge in a Pear Tree (Plank)
Let’s face it—almost everyone wants to exercise. We know we need to do it to be healthy, and when we find the right kind of workout, it can be fun, too! The hard part, though, is figuring out what to do and getting into a routine. Maybe you don’t have the time or money to join a gym, or you’d rather work out at home but you aren’t sure exactly what to do. We’re ready to help.
Prisma Health is pleased to offer MoveWell, the Upstate’s online fitness community. We’ll deliver great workout ideas to you each month via video, breaking them down into their individual movements so you can see exactly how to do them, whenever you want. Click here for more info.