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How To Sneak In A Holiday Workout While Traveling

Whoa! Christmas is TOMORROW, and time this year has flown! You’ve been diligent with your dieting and exercising, and suddenly, bam! All the cheat foods are being served in back-to-back meals. While we don’t agree with completely depriving yourself, we strongly suggest substituting the worst foods for healthier versions,. But what about those foods you can’t live without? Have a small portion. Eating a little of your favorite foods will leave you satisfied and help you not to overindulge in everything else.

 

Now, when it comes to working out during the holidays, it can seem nearly impossible. We’ve compiled some tips to help you sneak in that workout during the holidays, because if we’re all honest with ourselves, the holidays are when we should be working out the hardest!

 

Do a “Condensed-but-Intense-Workout”

This is a Dr. Gunderson favorite! Customize your own 30-minute workout combining three lower body workouts (squats or lunges) and three upper body exercises (modified push-ups or chair dips).

Warm up with exercises like marching or jogging in place, then do 10-20 repetitions of a lower body exercise and 10-15 repetitions of an upper body exercise. Follow this with a minute of jumping jacks or jogging in place. Repeat this routine two or even three times and then try a variation of abdominal crunches, low back lifts and stretches.

 

Bring Tubes, Bands and More

 

Don’t leave out fitness equipment when you’re packing for a trip. Bring fitness videos, comfortable walking shoes, a bathing suit or other gear that you can fit in your bag. Inspirational memos from a trainer or a motivational CD could help you get moving.

 

Get a Jump Rope

 

Jumping rope is a great way to get in a few minutes of intense cardio workout and it can be done just about anywhere. If you don’t have a jump rope, try climbing flights of stairs instead.

Plan to Relax

Don’t overdo it. Staying fit is important, but don’t lose sight of the real reason for the holidays spending time with those who are important to you. If you want to do both, involve the whole family in a yoga video or family walk.

Ease Back Into Your Routine

Depending on how much you worked out during your travel, you may need to gradually ease back into your old routine. You may want to consider using lighter weights or decrease the intensity or the duration of your workouts until you can return to pre-trip conditions.


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