Think you don’t have time to exercise? I’m sure it can seem that way, especially this time of year with so much holiday shopping, planning, cooking and otherwise running around. Sticking to a workout routine can seem downright impossible. Fortunately, it doesn’t take as much time as you think to maintain your fitness level during this holiday season. And there are plenty of ways to sneakily increase your heart rate, keep your blood moving and ward off year-end weight gain without missing a holiday beat.
- Take the stairs: I’m sure you hear this one a lot, but that’s because it works. Opting for the stairs instead of the elevator might even save you time given the long elevator lines in the office buildings I know. A quick jaunt up to your floor will boost your blood flow and your energy, not to mention every little step sure adds up to a sizeable burn when you do it consistently throughout the day. Consider taking it one stair at a time though, since one study confirmed that the overall caloric burn is bigger taking one step at a time than taking two.
- Please stand up: Get up out of your office chair as frequently as you can. Do it at least once an hour. Set an alarm to remind you if need be. Take the opportunity to stretch, take a walk around the office or even do some strengthening exercises at your desk. These little breaks will actually help you concentrate on your work as well as add up to a nice workout by the end of the day.
- Ditch the drive: Consider walking or biking to work, to the grocery store, to a friend’s house. Anywhere that you go on a regular basis that’s reasonably close is a perfect opportunity for a little exercise. Plus, you’ll get much needed fresh air and sunshine and you’ll even save money on gas. And who couldn’t use a little extra change this time of year?
- Hit the dance floor: Instead of going out to a heavy dinner with friends, go dancing. Shaking your thang on the dance floor can be a total workout in itself and you’ll have so much fun, you won’t even feel like you’re exercising. Plus, you can spend quality time with your best buds while avoiding the average 1500 calorie restaurant dinner.
- Become a clean machine: You know you’re going to have to clean the house at some point since all your family or friends will most likely be over for a holiday party before you know it. So embrace your chores and get scrubbing. A day of elbow grease, scouring the tub, vacuuming the carpet and mopping the floors, when done right and diligently, will have you working up a sweat in no time. Feel free to skip the gym, you’ve earned it.
Always consult your chiropractor or primary care physician for all your health related advice.
Image Credit: Went for a walk… by John Kratz. Used under a creative commons license.
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