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Three ways to continue working out during the busy holiday season

Dropping temperatures and increasing food portions makes exercise a challenge, but with our tips you’ll still manage to get a great workout in!

Enjoyable as it may be, the period from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve is not normally friendly to fitness. We tend to occupy our time buying presents, overindulging in delicious food (even the people with the best willpower have trouble resisting temptation!), and enjoying the season’s festivities –sometimes too much – to be able to fit in our usual exercise routines.

Here are our tips on ways you can keep on exercising right through the holidays even if you can’t make it to the gym!

Find time for high-intensity interval training

The Turkey needs basting, there are presents to wrap, and ornaments to be hung, so perhaps you don’t have time to run a half marathon. But short periods of intense anaerobic exercise can be just as effective. There are plenty of suggestions for HIIT regimes online, and with whole sessions taking between just four and thirty minutes you’ll have time to fit them in no matter what your festive chores are.

Wrap up warm and walk

The weather outside may be frightful, but that’s no reason for you to feel like you have to rely on public and personal transport. As the saying goes, there’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothes. So break out last year’s Christmas sweater (even if it’s just the ugly one your Grandma gave you) and leap off the train a couple of stops early, or walk to your friend’s place instead of taking the car. As well as being good exercise in itself, the chill of a winter walk raises your metabolism, meaning you can enjoy some delectable holiday delicacies when you reach your final destination – win-win!

Build an exercise routine into festive tasks

Decorating the tree doesn’t need to feel like a stationary activity. During the holiday season when free time is scarce, why not double up on activities and star-jump those ornaments into place? Plyometric jumps are excellent all-round cardio, working arm, abdominal and leg muscles. You could also add some competition into the activity and challenge a friend or family member to a tree-decorating race. Loser does ten push-ups! The perfect excuse to turn up your Christmas playlist on Spotify...

Fully enjoying the holiday season doesn’t mean that you can’t stay in shape!

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