December - Exercising Together

We may not know everything about your holiday plans, but here is something we do know. Sometimes it is hard to fit in some of your regular fitness routines when there are so many other things on your plate right now. From holiday parties to incoming relatives and trips out of town, we are all getting a healthy dose of everything that we missed last year - in-laws included.

So, between rounds at the buffet, where is there time for laps around the track, a good Zumba class, or some circuit training? If only carving out time for fitness were as easy as carving a turkey! Here are some suggestions on ways to get in a little more exercise during the most wonderful time of the year.

  1. Take a walk. It does not have to be a 5k. A brief walk through the neighborhood is a great way to disconnect before, during, or after a hectic activity, or to press pause on that awkward conversation that your Aunt Gladys insists on having every year.
  2. Buddy up. Don’t want to do this alone? The good news is that you do not have to. Tell someone that you would like to make sure that you stay consistent and accountable for getting out and getting some exercise. See if they would like to join you for class or activities. It is a great way to connect with people during time off from work and while the kids are out of school.
  3. Blame the children. “I’m taking the kids to the park.” “We’re going to the skating rink for a few hours to get out of the house.” “We’re taking the kids to the amusement park (minimum 15,000 steps).” Use your children to get in some extra play time.
  4. Make it a tradition. Throwing a football between seatings or taking a stroll after a large meal prevents the family from immediately practicing sedentary moves from table to couch. Every year, make it a point to move after a meal.

Happy Holidays, answer the door, and enjoy everything that comes with it, even Aunt Gladys.

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