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Hone Your Fitness Skills During the Holidays

By Brandi Goodman 

You may find yourself sitting a lot more than usual during the holidays. The stress of the season and the busyness it brings can make you want to do nothing but take a break and sit to relax a while. It's fine to do so, but you shouldn't let your fitness routine completely fall to the wayside. Hone your fitness skills during the holidays so you can maintain your well-being and boost your mood.

Incorporate the Holidays Into Your Fitness Plan

Rather than trying to stick to the same old routine that your body is used to, incorporate the holidays into your fitness plan. You can find a local ice rink that's only open during the holiday season. Skating gives your legs a great workout and will help you to tone them. Maybe you come up with a family scavenger hunt that you all use during your next holiday party. You'll burn calories walking from one location to the next looking for items or clues. There's plenty of ways to include the holidays in your exercise.

Take the Stairs

Lots of people use elevators and escalators when they're in buildings, malls, and shops with multiple levels. Skip these transportation methods and take the stairs instead. This is a great option when you're out shopping for holiday gifts if you want to get in some exercise. The shopping itself counts and adding the stairs will ensure your legs are getting even more of a workout. 

Try a Home Workout

It may not be as easy to get out and about during the holiday season. Lots of travelers may be in town clogging up the roads. Perhaps the streets are icy or it's just plain cold outside. Try a home workout so you can still get exercise without having to head to a gym or use your outdoor routine. Lots of videos are available online or even with apps on your phone that are easy to follow. You don't even have to use any apps or equipment. Do tricep dips with a chair or your couch. Get down on the floor and do some push-ups. Put your feet under the couch to hold your legs in place while you do some sit-ups. These basic exercises can help you build muscle and strength. 

You don't want to sit around all season and let your fitness level decline. Maintain an exercise plan that incorporates the holidays and gets you up on your feet burning calories, working up a sweat, and having fun. Your mental and physical health will both benefit from staying fit throughout the holidays.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Apex, N.C.

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