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5 Ways to Stay Fit During the Holidays

By Mud Runs (550 words)
Posted in Staying Fit on November 14, 2011

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Thanksgiving is just around the corner and despite the fact that you've been active and eating healthy during the warmer months, colder weather brings greater challenges when it comes to physical activity and eating healthy. From turkey day to New Year’s Eve, we’re faced with the obstacles of high-calorie foods and possible inclement weather forecasts that can put a damper on  healthy and active lifestyles.

In you fall prey to holiday treats and become sluggish during the winter, try and follow some of the tips below to stay on track and keep fit.

  1. StayingfitfortheholidaysSet Goals –Staying true to an exercise regime will be easier when you set personal goals. Sign up for a springtime mud run, half marathon or an obstacle course event that will challenge your body and mind. Knowing that you will have to be physically fit and ready come spring, will help you keep your eye on the ball as your work towards your goal. Also, disciplining yourself to stay focused will help train your mind and help you when you face those challenging moments in a race.

  2. Exercise in the morning- short, high-energy workouts in the am help jump start your body’s metabolism and heart rate helping you burn more calories during the day and keeping you alert during the work day. Jumping jacks, push-ups or a 20-minute intense exercise tape can help you get the extra push you need in the morning. The first few days may be grueling, but after you get into a regime of morning exercise, your body will crave it!

  3. Indoor activities- Snow fall and blistering weather can keep some people indoors, decreasing the amount of physical activity one receives on a daily basis. If you’re not an active snowboarder or skier, try and take up an indoor sport during the holidays. Racket ball, swimming, spin classes or even basketball in your local gym can be fun and beneficial for keeping fit during the holidays.  Playing sports and exercising indoors can help you burn up to thousands of calories so you’re not so guilty about that piece of apple pie.

  4. Strength in numbers- Motivate your friends to stay fit too! Peer pressure can be extra hard during the holidays. With holiday parties, drinking and the consumption of high-calorie foods is easier when friends and loved ones are urging you to “just have another!” Now is your time to show leadership qualities and work with one friend or a group to consciously stay fit during the winter. Join an indoor league for soccer or basketball and a recruit a gym buddy to join you a few days a week. 

  5. Moderation- the most important thing to remember is that you don’t have to be miserable during the holidays. It’s a wonderful time of family and togetherness and of course good food, so enjoy the holidays by allowing yourself to eat some sugary treats and relax with loved ones. Just remember to eat in moderation and compensate your calories with exercise.

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