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Article posted by Sherri Sacconaghi, November 29th, 2011

 

 

The holidays are in full swing. This means a full calendar that leaves little time for taking care of ourselves. Make sure you do not let your exercise routine hit the chopping block this season.

During the holidays it is more important than ever to exercise. I suggest you even ramp your normal routine up a bit. December means an active party circuit for many. More delicious food and drink means more calories than usual are consumed. Remember, to keep that weight from creeping up this holiday season you must expend more calories than you take in. Exercise helps balance that extra slice of pie.

Let’s not forget the extra stress that comes this time of year. Planning the perfect party, buying the perfect gifts, money concerns, and family drama. The holidays bring a lot of extra emotion that can turn the most Zen person a little crazy. Exercise is one of the best ways to manage stress and boost your happy hormones so you can tolerate even the longest lines at the mall.

If your same old routine just cannot compete with the holiday fun, then this is the time to change it up to keep you motivated to keep moving. Try one of these tips to help keep you moving though the holiday season.

  • Try a new class or sport. If you have always wanted to ski, now is the time to hit the slopes. If the thought of one more minute on the treadmill makes you pull the covers over your head, try boot camp to work up a serious sweat.

  • Find a fitness buddy. If you are struggling to keep motivated this holiday season, you can bet others are too. It is easier to slap on those walking shoes at 6:00am if you know your buddy is waiting for you on the corner. Find someone who is reliable and motivating and challenge each other to get up and get moving.

  • Sign up for one of the festive race events around town. It will give you a goal to train for and you will be less likely to slack off on exercise. Plus, it is fun to run down the streets with reindeer antlers on your head. For a list of events check out www.racecenter.com.

It is important to take care of yourselves throughout the holidays. Exercise can be a challenge to fit into your busy schedule. Remember that some exercise is better than none. Maybe you do not have time for your usual 90 minute power yoga class. So Pop in a DVD for 30 minutes. It does not have to be all or nothing. Just keep moving. Then go forth and celebrate the season.

 

Posted by: Sherri Sacconaghi
Certified Health Coach and Personal Fitness Trainer
www.themissionofnutrition.com
Ph: 503 621 7549
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