Believe me, I get it. The months of November and December and packed full for you. There is shopping for the gifts, parties to go to, events for the kids to arrange, and lots of cookies and pies to make and consume. You don’t have time to visit the gym or run on the treadmill. Truth is though, you do have time to exercise – you just have to be a little more sneaky about it during this time of year. Here are a few suggestions.
Tip # 1: Park Farther Away
Yep- it’s time to make use of those crowded parking lots. While most people are trying their best to get closer to the entrance of their favorite shopping mall, consider parking a little further back. A brisk walk is a great way to get some aerobic exercise, raise the heart rate, and get some mild stretching in as well. Plus, you can use the walk back as your cool down after the time you spend walking around and shopping.
Tip # 2: Play with Kids
If you have children or grandchildren, or if you even have kids in the neighborhood, chances are they’ll be pretty excitable this time of year. That means they’ll be active- running around with new toys, playing outside, or even running around the house turning the place into complete chaos. Forget that you’re an adult for a little bit and join them. Not only will it encourage your kids to be active and have fun, but it will also be a great way for you to keep fit and get some additional exercise.
Tip # 3: Keep Your Running Shoes On
If you’re a runner, chances are you like to run at certain times of the day- in the morning, over your lunch hour, or as a relaxing break after work. During the holidays, you might have to change up your schedule a bit,so be prepared. That hour long run in the morning, might need to be split into two half hour runs during the mid morning coffee break and the time before you go to pick up the kids. Remember, any time you spend doing something active is good.
Tip # 4: Clean Your Home
You already know it needs done, especially with the holidays just around the corner. Getting into all the nooks and crannies of your home and doing a thorough cleaning job can be a fantastic overall work out. Think about it- there is stretching (reaching into those corners to sweep out the dust bunnies), weight lifting (that vacuum clean weighs a ton!) aerobic exercise (who needs a climbing machine with these stairs!) and plenty of hand-eye coordination exercises (don’t drop the dishes!).
Tip # 5: Take time to Relax
It’s important to remember that especially during the holiday season, it is imperative that you take some time to relax and enjoy the time you have. Staying healthy isn’t all about running a marathon or being a specific weight. It’s also about giving your body and your mind time to relax and recharge. So make sure you find the time in your busy schedule to take a few breaths and just experience life on a more relaxed level. If you do that, all the hectic running around you do will be much more productive, and so much more worth it.