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On the Tenth Day of Wellness...12 Days of Wellness
The holidays mean hectic schedules, holiday parties and lots of unhealthy food for many people. Staying on track with your exercise program becomes more of a challenge with all of the social commitments. Take time to plan your strategy for exercising during the holidays so you don't get completely derailed from your efforts. Exercising may help reduce your holiday stress and keep your weight in check when surrounded by lots of holiday treats.
Reset Your Exercise Goals
Adjusting your daily exercise goals for the holiday season keeps you active while avoiding disappointment if you don't exercise as much as usual. The American Council on Exercise recommends aiming for shorter exercise sessions each day. If you normally work out for an hour each day, scale it back to 20 minutes. Your adjusted holiday exercise goals are more attainable, making them easier to fit into a busy holiday schedule. You may end up working out for your usual hour on most days, but you have less pressure, allowing you to enjoy the holidays.
For most people, the holidays include spending time with family and friends. You may visit friends and family who you only see a few times a year. To maximize your time with them, exercise together. Go for a walk or cross country skiing. You can fit in physical activity while bonding with your exercise partner.
Organize an Active Gathering
The American Council on Exercise recommends modifying your idea of a holiday gathering. Instead of focusing on food, plan an active holiday gathering for your family or friends. Meet up at a local sledding hill or ice skating rink before enjoying a light, healthy meal together. The active holiday party allows you to work in your daily exercise without giving up time with your family and friends. It also makes your holiday event stand out as something different than the usual food-centered parties.
Squeeze in Fitness With Holiday Chores
A sweat-drenched session at the gym isn't the only way to fit in exercise during the holidays. If you're short on time, combine your holiday chores with exercise. Walking the mall at a fast pace while holiday shopping allows you to cross off two items from your to-do list. The She Knows Health and Wellness website recommends squeezing in some exercises while cooking your holiday meal. Dancing while you cook, squatting to grab items, lifting weights with canned food and doing push-ups against the countertop are simple exercises you can perform in the kitchen.
From: Livestrong.com's Quick Tips for Holiday Exercise
Activity for Today: Read Deskercise! 33 Ways to Exercise at Work and 10 Office Exercises You Can Do Secretly. Choose and do 10 exercises mentioned in theses articles. Exercises mentioned in 10 Office Exercises You Can Do Secretly may be done at you desk, too.
Mark on your Calendar: Write down the 10 exercises that you did and highlight or star your favorite.
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