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Maintain Your Fitness Routine Over Winter Break

By Brandi Goodman 

Although it doesn't apply to everyone, many people have some sort of winter break near Christmas. When your vacation time starts, it's important to remember your well-being. Some rest and respite may be needed, but maintaining a fitness routine is necessary as well. It's too easy to fall out of the routine and struggle to get back into it if you let your schedule slide. 

Exercise While You "Work"

If you're working on tasks around the house, whether that includes putting up Christmas lights or doing the dishes, you should exercise while doing so. Turn on some music and dance around as you get your chores done. You'll burn more calories than you otherwise would have, and it still allows you to get in some light exercise while your tasks get accomplished. 

Work Out While Watching Holiday Shows and Movies

Let's face it, holiday movies (and shows) are popular for a reason. They help put you in the holiday spirit and give you a feel-good thing to watch and enjoy. You don't have to sit on the couch for hours though while you watch. Work out while you watch instead so you can get fit while feeling good. 

Try No-Equipment Workouts

You don't need fancy gym equipment to get in a good workout. Instead, use your own body weight to work out your muscles well. Do a plank, push-ups, sit-ups, tricep dips using the couch or a chair, or simply jog in place. These options all work well while you're watching something on TV. 

Use Resistance Bands and Light Weights

If you do want to use some equipment, just stick with light options. They don't have to take up a lot of space in your house like bigger machines would. Light weights can help tone your arms. Resistance bands work well for toning your legs. You can even try a weighted hula hoop or jump rope. These small items can do a lot of good for your body.

Get Outside

Exercising outside can be enjoyable and seem like fun rather than a workout. Play catch with the kids. Take an evening walk around the block and look at all the holiday lights. Bundle up and ride your bike. There are so many ways to enjoy exercise time outside -- giving you fresh air and Vitamin D in the process as well.

A fitness routine should always be maintained, no matter the season. Don't let your entire winter break go by without ever working out. Get up and get moving.. Besides, it will help get rid of some of those excess calories you're undoubtedly eating during those holiday meals. 

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

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