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RO9 PhysicallyActiveHolidays are festive times of the year with seemingly endless opportunities to cheat on our diet and skip a workout. On normal days, it is already hard enough to exercise and be physically active especially when schedules are tight and busy.  But on holidays, many of us find it harder to exercise and it becomes less of a priority because of the growing to-do lists and the holidays’ vibe that pushes us to slack off on our fitness routines. Gaining weight is almost always assumed as part of this season, but we can definitely avoid this from happening.

This time of the year may be hectic, however, staying physically active is still very worthy of our time and effort. Exercise gives us energy, reduce stress and tension and it helps mitigate some of the extra calories we may be eating. Of course, keeping our workout routine on track during one of the busiest times of the year is easier said than done. But we are giving you some tips to make exercise as your constant and positive part of your holiday season.

1. Plan ahead and schedule your workouts

Make time for your workouts just as you make time for each of your festive gatherings—put it on your calendar and notes. Planning ahead by adding your workouts to your schedule ensures they will fit into your day. Many of the holiday parties and dinners take place in the evening, so set aside time each morning to go for a run, hit the gym, or take part in online fitness classes at home.

2.  Go Small

As your schedule fills with holiday activities, you might not always have enough time for a full schedule workout, so don’t be afraid to break it up into to smaller routines. You can go for a 20-minute run in the morning, stop by a nearby gym, or you can also try lifting some any weights available at your home.  Remember that some physical activity is better than no activity at all, even just one mini workout is better than sitting all day.

3. Be Creative

Along with planning your activities, be creative on your exercise routines. Even if you are simply at the mall to go shopping presents or groceries, you can still get your body moving. You can try taking the stairs instead of elevators and escalators or you could also go for a walk or jog outside of your homes everyday while following the COVID-19 safety protocols. Additionally, while staying at home, you can also organize some team building activities that will push you to move at your home with your family members.

4. Reward yourself

In addition to busy holiday schedule, holiday season brings an ambiance to drop your motivation in working out. Find something that will keep you motivated to get out of your bed for an early morning workout or treat yourself for some rewards whenever you accomplished any of your fitness plans.

The upcoming Christmas and New Year holidays are festive times to enjoy with our loved ones, eat the delicious meals served and lay on our couches or bed. However, be always reminded that everything has limitations and should always be moderated. As much as we want to loosen up and stay on our bed all day long during holidays, prioritizing to be physically active will always be highly essential for our health and well-being not only during this holiday season but year-round.

 

NOI Angelica O. Pajulas

 

1. How to Keep Your Fitness Goals on Track This Holiday Season from https://www.everydayhealth.com/fitness/how-to-keep-your-fitness-goals-on-track-this-holiday-season/

2. Fitness Tips for the Holidays https://www.issaonline.com/blog/index.cfm/2018/fitness-tips-for-the-holidays

3. Staying Active and in Shape During the Holidays from https://www.verywellfit.com/exercise-during-the-holidays-1231555