The holiday season has a way of filling us with cheer…and food…and candy…and cocktails (if you’re of legal age of course).
With so much hustle and bustle going on, it’s really easy to get off track and vow that you’ll get it together once January 1st rolls around asking you for your New Year’s Resolution. Don’t fall into the same routine this year. Don’t use the holidays as an excuse to fall into a sedentary lifestyle. If you aren’t able make it to the gym, read on to find out how you can sneak mini-workouts and physical activity into your hectic holidays.
You don’t need a gym to go running, so this is the perfect way to squeeze in your cardio. Put on some thermal athletic wear, lace up your running shoes, stretch, and get yourself outside for a nice run. Yes it might be cold out, but the exercise will warm you right up and the beautiful winter scenery will have you wishing you’d have thought about taking winter runs way sooner.
Sustained Wall Sits
These are great to do in the morning and at night while you’re brushing your teeth for the recommended two minutes per brushing session. With your back against the wall and your feet spread hip width apart, slide down the wall until your knees are bent at a ninety degree angle. From the side it should look like you’re sitting in an invisible chair. Hold this position for as long as you’re able to.
Standing Donkey Kicks
If you’re standing in front of the microwave waiting for your holiday dinner leftovers to heat up, try this simple but effective exercise to keep your glutes and thighs in shape. Lean your body forward a bit, hold onto the countertop or stove (if it’s cool and turned off) and stand with your feet hip width apart. Keeping it straight, kick your left leg out behind you and raise it as high as you’re able to. Bring it back to the starting position and repeat as many times as you need to in order to complete a set. Do this for both legs.
These can be done as you’re walking around the house. If you’re able to, grab a pair of dumbbells and hold one in each hand down at your sides. Step forward into a lunge while making sure that your knees don’t extend past your toes. Instead of returning back to the starting position like you would for stationary lunges, use the leg that is behind you and bring it forward to step into another lunge. Continue to repeat this pattern until you’ve gotten to your destination in the house.
You can perform these anywhere you want: Sitting in traffic or at a red light, stuck watching a cheesy holiday film with your family, sitting in your stylist’s chair at the salon, literally anywhere. The exercise is performed exactly the way it is named. You just engage your glutes and squeeze them together, hold for a few seconds, release, and repeat.
Before you get out of bed in the morning, complete a few sets of varied crunches to help wake you up and keep your abs active. You can mix it up with bicycle crunches, standard crunches, oblique crunches, and many others. Hot abs baby. Hot. Abs.
I know that waist training itself isn’t a physical exercise, but stay with me for a second. Wearing a waist trainer can help you stay on track in many ways. It helps prevent you from over eating because a waist trainer isn’t as yielding as your cotton T-shirt, and when you start to eat too much, you’ll feel your tummy pushing against the waist trainer, giving you the suggestion that you take a break and reevaluate your portions. It will also be a constant reminder to keep your core tight and your posture in good shape which is especially important while working out, even if you’re only doing minimal exercise.
See? There’s no reason to put off being healthy until next year, you’ve got plenty of time to stay active and healthy here and now.
By: Kayla Harwick