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Holiday fitness tricks

It’s that time of the year again. Long days, festive get together’s, a few parties, big meals and lazy naps during the day, is what we all look forward to. All the things that make up a great holiday. There are however many ways to have fun and still keep fit during the festive season. Just because you are on holiday does not mean you have to neglect your health and fitness, even though you possibly have more time to relax.

Get outside

A great way to prevent you from sitting on the couch all day is to get outside. Getting outdoors is a great way to keep moving. Getting outdoors helps to relieve the stress of being cooped up in an office all year. Things such as sightseeing, playing bat and ball in the garden or long walks on the beach are great ways of staying active, as well as relaxing in nature. Take in the fresh air and sights you tend to neglect when you are stuck in your busy work schedule.

Travel tips

Whether you are flying or driving to your destination, it is important to keep those legs moving on your travels. Airports are filled with people sitting down and waiting for their flights, where they will continue to sit once on the plane. While you are waiting to board, or to catch a connecting flight, go for a walk. Use this time to release any built up energy and get those legs moving. There is a plethora of shops to browse or you can walk from one end to the next. It saves you from sitting for a longer time than needed. If you are taking a long distance drive, it is important to stop regularly, not only to get up and walk, but to give your whole body and mind a break. Driving long distance can be exhausting due to high levels of concentration, so making more stops can only do you good. Once you have stopped, make sure you walk around. You can include some squats, lunges, jumping jacks or even jump on the spot. Anything to get the blood flowing and to help keep you awake for the remainder of the trip.

Rope in the family

It can be hard to get up and go for a run or hit the gym when the rest of your family is lying in bed on holiday. If this is the case for you, why not involve them. Exercise can be done in many forms. Playing with the kids in the park, walking in the botanical gardens with your partner, climbing a mountain or even swimming in the ocean. This is also a great way for families to bond and spend time together

Stick to your normal schedule

If you are used to training 3-5 times per week, then stick to that. It may be a different type of exercise, or at a different intensity, but try to stick to what you are used to. This should help to keep off those unwanted kilos over the festive season. If you are used to long cycles or long running sessions, try a spinning class or do 30minutes on the treadmill (or a 30min run outdoors). Keep your body in a similar routine, even if you aren’t working as hard. If you know that you are not going to have enough time to train in the next few days due to festivities, then make sure you fit in your session that day. Scheduling exercise can be easy if you don’t procrastinate.

Short and powerful

If however you crave the hard workouts, then high intensity interval training (HIIT) is a great way to push up that heart rate and burn those calories in a short amount of time. Pushing yourself for 20 minutes at a higher intensity can be more beneficial for you that a long slow hour training session.

Whether you have 2 days or 2 weeks off over the festive season, remember to look after your health. We all love a little overindulgence, but this can be managed if we just keep moving. A little change in habit, or effort everyday will help in the long run. You will be grateful when the New Year comes around.