From now until New Year's Day, your schedule will likely be filled with family obligations, traveling, and Holiday parties, all of which could present you with temptations that take you away from your health and fitness routines. It is important to sustain your health and physical activity throughout the holiday season, as it could be your best defense against the stress and chaos that can crop up this time of the year.
This week’s news roundup brings you a collection of articles and blog posts with tips on how to stay fit and healthy over the upcoming Holidays.
Eating and Fitness Hacks for the Holiday Season. The Huffington Post "You might love hour-long workouts at the gym or a one-and-half-hour yoga classes, but squeezing either activity into an already full schedule can be hard, especially with the added demands of the holiday season. Rather than skip working out altogether, redefine your workout."
Stay fit during holidays. Army.mil. "Intensify your workout: Time is always in short supply during the holidays. But don't ditch the workout -- just bump up the intensity if you need to shorten the time. If you usually walk on the treadmill for 30 minutes, do 15 minutes of higher intensity intervals. If going to the gym is cutting into shopping time, use shopping as a workout -- use the stairs, park farther away, walk faster and after a purchase take it to the car."
5 Ways to Stay Healthy During the Holiday Season. Blog.fitbit.com. "If a crazy social calendar means I can’t fit in my usual workout, I don’t just write the day off completely. I still try to walk as much as I can, take the stairs whenever possible, and fit in mini workouts with moves like lunges, squats, and triceps dips wherever I can find a private space."
8 Secrets to Staying Fit During the Holidays. U.S. News & World Report ""In addition to staying active, try to avoid sitting for prolonged periods of time, such as when watching football games or eating. Remember: Too much sitting is hazardous to your health. Research shows that getting up for just five minutes every 30 to 60 minutes and performing light activity (say, pacing around the house or performing simple squat exercises) reduces the risk of diabetes and other heart disease risk factors."
HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM ARMY HEALTH!