Personal fitness can be the first thing to go when your holiday schedule starts filling up. Keep it a priority with these helpful hints.
Let’s face it: Sticking to a fitness routine during the holiday months can be tough. We’re traveling, shopping, playing hostess and serving as taxi while the kids are out of school. Three miles on the treadmill at the end of the day is the last thing on my mind right now.
But there are ways to sneak activity into the day if you can’t schedule time for the gym. We’ve all heard some of the tricks–for instance, skip the drive-thru and actually walk into the restaurant–but I’ve got five more ideas for you to consider.
- Park at the opposite end of the mall. Sure, you can park at the edge of the parking lot, but that could just make you cold as you head toward the doors! Park at one end of the mall and do your shopping on the other. Those extra steps–inside, where it’s warm–will add up!
- Play flag football with the kids. Cousins, nieces and nephews all gather around during the holidays, and they’re always looking for something fun to do. Get outside with them for a few games of red rover, dodgeball or flag football. You’ll have so much fun you won’t even realize you’re burning calories.
- Walk dogs at your local shelter. Give back to your community by walking dogs at your local shelter. I wore a pedometer doing so not long ago and walked more than 6,000 steps before I knew it. You might even find puppy love while you’re there.
- Volunteer in a soup kitchen. Doing so is another great way to give back to your community, and it’s hard work.
- If you’re on the phone, walk. Make it a rule this month: If you’re on the phone, you’re walking, whether in the office, at home or on the go. Again, those steps will add up. And you’ll probably be more engaged in the conversation than if you were lounging on the couch staring at the TV.