Holiday Workout Tips
This entry was posted on October 9, 2018.
The holidays in Baton Rouge can get busy, fast.
Add to that the holiday diet, and it is all-too-easy to put on a few holiday pounds…or worse! No one wants to avoid all that delicious holiday food, so how do you find the time to squeeze in a workout?
Here are ten tips that will help you to enjoy your holiday without worrying about the post-holiday weight gain.
1. Plan Ahead – it’s a critical first step
If you are staying out of town, make a point to study the area you will be in beforehand.
Will it be milder temperatures or cold?
Are you in a hotel or with family?
Is there a gym or walking trails you can take advantage of?
Plan for simple workouts that require little to no space or equipment.
By making these plans ahead of time, you can set yourself up for success.
2. Make Your Workout “Travel-Sized”
Plan workouts that are 30 minutes or less but are also high in intensity. If you can be consistent with this, you will see benefits. Be sure to incorporate upper and lower body workouts, along with some warm-up and cool-down exercises.
One way to shrink your workout is to invest in a Balance Trainer. In Baton Rouge, buy gym equipment such as this from Fitness Expo Stores to take advantage of multiple workout positions intended to increase strength and balance.
3. Always Be Prepared for Random Workout Time
There are many ways that you can take advantage of unexpected downtime.
Stuck in an airport? Walk the terminal or pull a Spri Deluxe Adjustable Speed Jump Rope out of your carry-on bag.
Wear comfortable running shoes everywhere.
Use your tablet, smartphone, laptop or other mobile device to stream workouts from any location.
Guests coming to you? Clear space in your bedroom for workouts or move fitness equipment into your bedroom.
These tips can help you sneak in a short workout during an otherwise-busy season.
4. Choose a Smart Workout Style
When you are limited on time, it is essential to pick a type of workout that specializes in efficient results. Baton Rouge cardio fitness equipment is one way to workout smart. Cardio workouts are often short in nature but have great results by focusing on keeping your heart rate at an optimal level for heart and lung function.
Another way to enjoy an efficient workout is by using an elliptical machine. Baton Rouge elliptical machines for sale at Fitness Expo Stores come with many smart functions for helping you make the most out of your workout. Ellipticals offer a low-impact full-body workout.
Want to get in a killer cardio workout at home before you hit the road for the holidays or if you’re in Baton Rouge and looking to buy gym equipment, our store has you covered.
Check out the following for a cardio workout that will melt the fat and keep you lean no matter how many holiday meals you indulge in:
- BH Fitness S1EI Elliptical
- Horizon Fitness Elite T9 Treadmill
5. Reduce Your Stress
It is a well-known fact that stress causes many health issues. One of the negative effects of stress is weight gain. If you have to skip a couple of workouts, or you had to cut 10 minutes off of the end of your last routine, do not sweat it! Focus on enjoying this time with your family and friends.
6. Watch Your Portion Sizes
This is just good advice for everyday life. Often, the problem lies a little less in what is being eaten (although this does matter) and more in how much of something is being eaten. Americans, especially, are known for large portion sizes.
By eating smaller portions, you can still enjoy holiday food with less guilt. This also helps if you are having issues working out as much as you would like. Controlling what goes into your body will go a long way in maintaining a healthy weight.
7. Let Your Family in on the Plan
Just because the holidays are busy does not mean you have to be sneaky about your workouts. Tell everyone that you are visiting with that it would mean a lot to you to be able to spend 30 minutes each day participating in some form of working out.
An even bigger chance is that you may acquire some workout buddies! Go for a brisk walk together, play some touch football, or do a planking challenge! Everyone can enjoy a workout together and then enjoy a meal together.
8. Dance While Everyone is Watching
Dancing is a fun way to stay fit. Whether you want to cut a rug at a holiday party or sweep your niece across grandma’s living room, taking the time to indulge in some silly dancing can actually help burn quite a few calories.
9. Master Those Stairs
Most houses have a decent-sized staircase, so use it! Make a point to go up and down the stairs as much as you can each day. All those steps will add up to some incredible fitness! See how many stairs you can count as you go and try to increase it each time.
10. Go Easy on the Comeback
When you return to your normal workout routine, do not push yourself too hard at first. You have likely not kept to the intensity of a normal workout, and you need to allow yourself time to work back up to that level.
Get your Holiday Workout IN!
The holidays are already a time that can be busy and stressful. There is no need to add to that by fretting over your workout. Do what you can, enjoy what you do, and focus on this fun time with family and friends.