It’s common to exercise less during the holidays, so don’t feel bad about it. Our routine changes drastically: no need to get up early in the morning, proneness to eat constantly and in larger quantities than usual, staying up late… Many factors contribute to this. Still, it’s crucial to maintain a minimum of physical activity, so we don’t fully disconnect from our body and the New Year’s goals of achieving a better version of ourselves.
Relax, enjoy your free time, and check these five tips to stay active during the holidays!
- BODYWEIGHT TRAINING. EXERCISE ANYWHERE!
This type of training has become more and more popular in the last few years. Being able to tackle a workout routine when you don’t have access to any kind of machinery, opens lots of possibilities, and because you’re only using your body, you can set up a routine that easily adapts to your fitness level.
Recent studies show that bodyweight training is an effective way to burn fat and improve muscle tone, and a great thing about it is that you don´t have to dedicate hours of your day to have a challenging (and productive!) session.
- MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR HOTEL GYM OR FIND ONE NEARBY.
Many hotels offer activities to stay fit during your vacations, so if the one you’re staying in has a gym or a swimming pool, use them!
If not, they can surely help you review other options around the area. No matter where you are if you look for it, you’ll surely find a place to exercise.
Regardless of where you are spending your holidays, exploring on foot is a great way, not only to stay in shape but also to discover new things. Walking is very good for health: it can improve cardiac risk factors such as cholesterol, blood pressure, diabetes, vascular stiffness, and inflammation.
- DON’T FORGET YOUR VEGGIES
This one is probably the one that no one wants to hear during the holidays, but no workout routine can make miracles if you don’t keep an eye on your diet. We tend to neglect eating vegetables and choose mostly carbs, sugar, alcoholic beverages, etc.
First, focus on the “what” and then on “how much.” Try to stick to quality food and avoid ultra-processed meals.
- PRIORITIZE SLEEP
If you’re not getting enough rest, it’s unlikely that you will proactively engage in any physical activity. Your training is as good as the recovery you get after so, one of the most important ways to stay fit this holiday season starts with getting quality sleep.