healthy holidays: staying active

PC: Kevin Kinnan

PC: Kevin Kinnan

One of the best and most important ways to keep yourself feeling happy and healthy over the holidays is staying active. In theory, this seems pretty obvious but in actuality there may be several reasons or barriers you throw exercise on the back-burner during the Christmas season- not having access to a gym, low motivation, not being on a regular routine/schedule to name a few, and spending time with family. Here is where the danger lies: the less you move, the less you want to move. The more you eat and don't move, the less motivation you'll have to move. And thus, the cycle begins.

Hear me out. Taking a break from a regular or intense exercise routine is good. I recognize that it can be extremely beneficial mentally and physically to allow yourself to recover from a rigorous and regimented exercise routine. With these things in mind, I challenge you to be intentional and incorporate fun, restorative physical activity into your holiday season. Here are my top 3 strategies I use to stay active and moving over the holidays:

1. Get the whole family involved

Take an invigorating hike, a walk/run around the neighborhood, go snow shoeing or skiing (if weather allows), whatever it is, make it a family activity! It's a win-win situation really. You'll be more motivated to exercise (and you'll have more fun) if you have people with you and it's a great way to spend quality time with your family with out the usual distractions (i.e. TV, cell phones, lap tops).

2. Do something everyday

Do some form of activity 30 minutes everyday. Whether it's yoga, hiking, walking, running, youtube workout videos, or anything else, just make sure you move. It doesn't have to be intense workout and by all means choose something that you enjoy. I find trying to push myself to do something like a HIIT workout while I'm home for Christmas usually ends up with me not doing anything at all. So, over the holidays, you'll find me doing a lot of yoga, taking walks in my woods, and going on hikes with the fam.

3. Get creative

Limited exercise equipment or space at home? Who needs a gym anyways? I've created a home for the holidays youtube workout playlist just for you guys! You can also check out my active pinterest board where you'll find lots of no-equipment/body weight workouts you can do right at home!

PC: Kevin Kinnan

PC: Kevin Kinnan