The holiday brings with it some time-consuming task. There are a lot of things to do like gift shopping and wrapping, traveling to visit family, cooking and so on.
There is also the added issue of deliciously tempting treats being brought to the office by colleagues and management. A host of these can make keeping up with holiday exercises quite a daunting task.
We may find ourselves giving up workout time to run to the store to buy some last minute presents or indulge in a potluck party at a friend’s.
Here is a list of holiday exercise ideas that are easy to stick with and can be done at home in between task.
1. Walk as much as possible
With all the errands that we will be getting done, trying to incorporate as much walking into it as possible is one way to ensure we knock off exercise out of the to-do list.
- Walk your dog multiple times or volunteer to walk a friend’s dog.
- Take the long way at the mall to get to your desired store.
- Use the stairs at home and work every chance you get
- Go on a walk after dinner alone or with a friend.
2. Skip Rope
Skip rope works out the whole body and they cost next to nothing to buy. You can find them at the dollar store, although, I suggest paying a little extra to get a quality one that can last you for good long while.
Even if you live in a small apartment, this is a form of exercise that can be done in almost a space regardless of size. Since it is a full body work out, it can burn many calories in a short period, help tighten your core and build stamina.
Try incorporating 10-15 minutes of jump rope while waiting for your meal to cook or during the waiting period of your baking, you can also implement it while watching TV.
Squats is a great do at home exercise that does not have to rub you of time. Are you putting groceries away? Or offloading Christmas decorations from the basement or attic?
This basically requires you to mimic the motion of lifting something heavy off the floor, therefore requires your body weight only.
If you want to challenge yourself, find two relatively heavy soup cans or water bottles in your kitchen, squat while holding one in each hand. The extra weight added can help with working your arms along with your glutes and legs.
4. Push ups
Are you in between tasks? Maybe watching TV with your family? Find a great empty space facing the TV and use this as your new push up work out area.
Try to do about 10 push-ups with 20-45 secs rest in between for a full set of 8 repetitions(reps). If you find that you have trouble doing a full body push up, try starting in a kneeling position and pushing up just the torso area up and down with the chest as close to the floor as you can get it.
5. Dance your heart out
It is the best time of the holiday to get your groove on! Yes, even in your living room or kitchen. Dancing is a great form of exercise and over all works wonder for the mood.
Are you feeling overwhelmed with all the tasks you have? Maybe you can not help but feel lonely during the holidays? Whatever you are going through or doing, create a playlist of songs that make you want to get on the dance floor.
While the Christmas cookies are baking, turn up those tunes and dance like no one is watching or better yet invite whoever is around you to join in. Your partner, your kids, your friends even your parents. Every one wants to feel happy and uplifted during the holidays.
This will definitely be my go to for burning off some calories during this period. Have fun and let loose.