Simple Tips to Stay Fit for a Stress-Free Holiday Season
The holiday season can be an exciting time of year, but if you’re anything like me, it can also be very hectic and stressful. We’re often pulled in so many directions that consume our time, energy, and focus. With only so many hours to get everything done, exercise is usually what gets sacrificed during the day. However, there are ways to ensure you stick to your fitness goals, while being productive within your limited hours. Here are a few survival tips to help you be most effective this holiday season.
- Make time for a workout! Whether it’s a brisk 10-minute walk or as simple as 10 pushups a few times a day using the side of your kitchen sink, these micro workouts can add up to macro results or even a full workout! As a bonus, every time you move and increase your heart rate, your energy levels will sky rocket. If you still feel sluggish, I recommend trying a sports nutrition supplement, such as Femme Factor’s Body Fit, which is designed exclusively for women. I take it in the morning instead of coffee and find that it keeps my energy up all day long, not to mention it helps to burn fat and increase my focus throughout the day.
- Limit your caffeine! I know this may sound contradictory, but caffeine can actually zap your energy levels by dehydrating and forcing your body to work harder, even when you’re doing minimal tasks. While an extra boost in the morning or even lunchtime can help, try to eliminate frequent caffeine consumption throughout the day. Instead, hydrate with water all day long. Try adding lemon to your water after lunch and dinner for both a tasty benefit and to aid in digestion.
- Multi-task! Rather than doing 30 minutes of sustained cardio, you will experience faster results by combining the cardio with a full body exercise such as squats or lunges. For example, do a squat-to-press or lunge-to-side-raise for one minute, and then jump on the treadmill or bike for three minutes. During the cardio portion, use the first minute for warm-up and push yourself for the last two minutes. Repeat this cycle ten times with no rest. You will see better results and be free to go about your day with a killer workout under your belt!
- Just Breathe! Remember we are all human and not meant to be perfect all the time. When in doubt, just relax and take ten deep breaths with a one second inhale followed by a three second exhale. This can calm your central nervous system long enough to help you better handle the task in front of you and make good decisions.
Hope these tips help you to enjoy the holidays and remember, make time for yourself so you can get through the season with minimal stress and ready to hit the gym in the New Year!
Bonnie Smith is a freelance personal trainer and a corporate wellness consultant at NutraClick