Jackie Wright: Holiday Exercise Strategies That Work, Part 3
December 16, 2011
Third in a three-part series
Our final chapter in the holiday exercise strategies that work series completes this week with two final strategies.
Make sure to check out the previous two columns in this three-part series for the first eight strategies and then add the following two to the list of 10.
Make this the year that you cruise through the holiday season, on track with your exercise program setting yourself up for a healthy and fit 2012! As always, prior to beginning any exercise program, please consult your physician.
Holiday Exercise Strategies
• Holiday Shopping (Online) – Oh, the dreaded “sitting in the chair,” which leads to the “snacking on Grandma’s sugar cookies” and stressing out over putting in your personal information for the third time because for some reason the website was kicking out the information you entered the first two times. Not only is this stressful, and I believe in some situations more stressful than just getting out there and hitting the brick and mortar shops, it requires next to no physical energy.
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Sitting requires less energy expenditure than sleeping at night, so if you are going to shop online, then structure your shopping after your workout time. Otherwise, you may end up letting the time get away from you and miss that all important, stress reducing, calorie busting time in your day. Additionally, get up out of the chair, move around every few minutes, do a few squats or lunges, get down and knock out a set of pushups or get on your stability ball and perform your abdominal/core work. You can break up your workout program in this way, as long as you will really do it.
The other option to sitting at the computer is to place your computer on a surface high enough that you can stand and shop. This is better than sitting and still accomplishes your shopping tasks.
• Holiday Weather – Yes, the weather may really be “frightful” this time of year. Rain, snow, sleet, you name it; the holiday season often provides us with the entire gamut of inclement weather. And, if you are an outdoor exerciser, this could prove challenging. However, if you live where there is lots of snow, get out and snowshoe, ski, snowmobile, ice skate, etc., and make the weather work for you.
Snowshoeing and cross country skiing can be very efficient workouts, getting you outside moving your body vigorously so you may not feel the cold like you might in other winter sports. If you do not live where there is much snow but it is still really cold, bundle up, head to toe and go for a walk/run or take a hike in your neighborhood or in a park. And, you always have the wonderful warm health club/fitness studio environment where an ideal temperature is maintained, you do not need much clothing and you can get a fantastic workout.
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.com and her Facebook page at Never Summer Fitness.