Jackie Wright: Holiday Exercise Strategies That Work, Part 2
December 13, 2011
Second in a three-part series
Last week, we covered the challenges of family commitments, holiday parties, holiday vacation preparation and holiday visitors and how all of these situations might impact your exercise program adherence. Check those suggestions out if you have not as yet and then read on for the next four holiday exercise strategies to keep you on track throughout the holiday season and the coming year.
As always, prior to beginning any exercise program, please consult your physician.
The second four strategies
• Timeliness : If you find that you have less time to exercise due to holiday commitments, then create a program that you may complete in less time but more frequently throughout the weeks of the holiday season. A great example would be to perform your cardio on Monday/Wednesday/Fridays and your muscular strength training on Tuesdays/Thursdays/Saturdays and spend approximately 30-45 minutes per workout rather than your regular 60-75 minutes. Since the workouts are shorter in duration, you may consider increasing the intensity.
• Holiday Travel: If you are traveling during the holidays, then take different gauges of resistive tubing with you and a full body resistive tubing program that you may perform anywhere. Or, if you are staying in hotels along the way, seek ones out that have a fitness center and get down there in the early morning to perform an efficient/effective workout before your busy day begins. When traveling by air or car, move your body as often as possible. Make frequent stops if traveling by car so you may get out to move and avoid escalators/elevators in the airport taking the stairs when possible.
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• Spending the holidays at your family/friends’ home: This one is a little tricky because you are staying at someone else’s home, so you need to be more sensitive to their timing and plans. However, prior to arrival, inquire about local health clubs and their visitation policies, or inquire as to whether your hosts workout and are up for including you in their workout schedule while you are visiting. The other option is to simply get outside and fitness walk early before anyone else is out of bed. This is a proactive approach, will help keep you on track and you may find others joining you too.
Holiday Shopping (Brick and Mortar): Put on your workout shoes and use the shopping experience as an adjunct workout. Briskly, and with purpose, walk throughout the mall or through the shops, avoid elevators and escalators if possible, carry your own packages and go shopping when you can move quickly through the process, preferably early in the morning when the shops are not as busy. The concept is to keep moving – have your list ready, research the products you are interested in purchasing in advance so that you can get in, make your purchase and move on to the next one. This does not mean you should not enjoy the process just that you utilize this time to expend a few extra calories.
Next week, we will feature the final two holiday exercise strategies.
Jackie Wright is the owner/manager of Never Summer Fitness, LLC located in Grand Lake, Colorado. She may be reached at her website at http://www.neversummerfitness.com, her email at NSFGL@comcast.net , her blog at http://www.skyhidailynews and her Facebook page at Never Summer Fitness.