We all know the holidays is a time to relax and have a break from the daily chores of everyday life. It ranges from after work drinks, snacking on Christmas goodies and enjoying large midday meals!
It’s easy to forgot to keep active and moving during this time, and then we hit the first of January and we instantly regret all of the indulging of the last few weeks.
It can be inevitable to gain a couple of kilos and reduce our active time, however we wanted to give you some tips on how you can sneak in some ways to keep moving and stay on top of your health.
Five tips to keep active during the holidays:
Make the morning of the morning!
Simply switching your workouts to the morning can save your routine this Christmas. Many of our social engagements revolve around lunch or dinners, so what a great way to keep on track by dedicating at least half an hour in the morning to keep moving. Once it’s done, you don’t need to think about it again for the day.
Make the most of festive sales!
Boxing day sales – one of the best times to get a good deal, so how about you browse through the shops rather than buy online. With the size of some of the shopping centres we currently find, 10,000 steps is a simple task.
Keep active at work
If you are working through the holidays, make the most of your time at work by adding exercise into your routine. Park further away from your office, take the stairs, take a walk at lunchtime or even squeeze in a mini-desk-workout. It’s surprising what a few squats every hour can do for your health!
Try increasing the intensity of your activity
You might not have time to spend an hour at the gym, but short, high intensity workouts can be even more effective. High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) triggers the after-burn effect, known as Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption or “EPOC”, and for this reason it’s much more effective at burning calories than your steady state or regular aerobic exercise.
Don’t train alone
Part of what makes the festive season so wonderful is catching up with friends and family. So why not recruit a workout buddy? Not only are you more likely to stick to your routine if you exercise with someone else, but it’ll also make it more fun.
We hope these tips help you consider moving a little more during the holiday time, and don’t forget if we can support you on your health journey in the new year – contact Aurum Health Care today.