Quick Exercises for the Holidays

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Feel like you don’t have time to work in your fitness routine? Kathy’s post is about working out during the holidays and finding time to take care of yourself!

Christmas is quickly approaching and we are all busier than ever! How can you fit in some exercise when you have so much to do? Here are just a few thoughts to make sure you don’t drop you exercise routine.

Try walking at lunch time. Depending on the length of your lunch time, you can get in a good workout. Spend at least half of your lunch break walking. Even if it is cold outside, most work places have hallways and stairs to get in a walk.

Simple exercises at home. Remember those exercises that we all did in gym class? Sit ups, push ups, leg lifts and kicks, arm circles are just a few of those old exercises. They may be old standbys but they still work! Taking just 10 or 15 minutes a day can be very beneficial.

Parking farther away from a building or using the stairs instead of an elevator or escalator can give you a little more exercise. Of course it isn’t a good workout but it is better than nothing. I don’t recommend doing this everyday instead of your normal exercise routine but instead of doing nothing, try getting in just a few minutes.

Try plank holds during commercial breaks. Holding the plank position is difficult even for a minute. It is an excellent way to build those stomach muscles. If you wind down at the end of the day by watching television, take a few commercial breaks and make them productive. Try to extend the hold more with each break.

Lifting weights at your desk. If you happen to have a desk job, try simple weight exercises while sitting at your desk. You can use simple things like bottles of water, cans of soup, or even books just to lift for a few minutes a day. Try doing 2 or 3 reps a day. If possible, use an exercise ball to sit at a desk to hold your posture and balance.

These simple ideas can be used anytime of the year but when your exercise routine gets cut short with holiday errands and get togethers, you can still be productive. Once the holidays are over, make sure to get back to your normal routine.

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