I feel like everywhere I look, I see a Holiday Fitness Challenge being posted on somebody’s blog.
And I’m not hating on them. In fact, I love the idea behind these challenges – stay accountable during the holiday season so that come January, you aren’t as big as a house.
I like this idea. People should come in people sizes, not house ones.
Some of my favorite challenges going on right now are:
- Janetha’s Dedicated December
- Courtney’s 2012 Closeout Workout Challenge
- Tamara’s #30for30 Movement Challenge
- Katie’s Dominate Diva (which isn’t really a fitness one – but I LOVE the message!)
What I don’t like during this time of year is any FOOD challenges. Actually, I don’t like food challenges period, but that’s a post for another day. I think that the holidays are meant to be enjoyed to their fullest. Special cookies, mugs of hot cocoa and candy canes – I approve of whole heartedly!! What most of us do, however, is eat WAY too much of these “treat foods” and stop going to the gym because these foods make us feel sluggish (plus, it’s so gosh darn cold and dark all the time!). That’s why I love the fitness challenges that keep exercising on the front burner.
My holiday approach: Eat all things in moderation and exercise just a little bit extra.
(I have to be careful not to go overboard on the exercise part, but so far, I’m doing a pretty good job. Travis helps in that department – he checks in to make sure I’m not overdoing it.)
Anyway, I don’t have a challenge for you today. What I DO have are some tips on ways to sneak extra movement into your day. Complete all of these and you’ve earned an extra Christmas cookie!
5 Ways to Sneak in Extra Exercise!
1. Avoid sitting
By simply choosing to STAND rather than SIT, you can burn an extra 50 calories per hour, which can really add up over time! Pace around when you talk on the phone. Play at the park with your kids instead of watching from the sidelines. March in place while watching Glee instead of sitting on the couch. (<-NEW POST coming up next week on this idea!)
Simply put: Make a point of STANDING more!
2. If you sit, sit wisely
If you work in an office environment, sub out your traditional office chair for a stability ball! Not only will you burn more calories when you are sitting, you can work on your core stabilizers at the same time. Another tip: Set an alarm to go off every hour and get up and move around – go refill your water bottle or make a few laps up and down the office stairs. There is actually an app called “Break Pal” that alerts you every 30 minutes and gives you mini exercise sessions that you can perform AT YOUR DESK! Kinda cool.
3. Choose High-Intensity Interval Training
High Intensity Interval Training, or HIIT, is a form of exercise training that alternates between short bursts of high intensity movement and lower intensity movement. HIIT is perfect for anyone who is short on time (YOU!), because you can get a full body workout that only takes about 10-20 minutes of your time. The key to HIIT is to make sure you’re giving the high intensity bursts 100% of your effort.
For more information about high intensity interval training and Tabata training (a form of HIIT), go here.
4. Go Shopping
You’ve got to buy holiday gifts anyway – you might as well turn the task into a way to burn some extra calories. Go to the mall or a Super Target and WALK! Mall walking is perfect this time of year – it’s a warm place you can bring a stroller, it’s safe, and the sights and sounds provide enough stimulation to keep most children (and husbands) happy.
In fact, turn what could be a one time shopping experience into several – a couple of trips to window shop, a couple to price compare, and then one final stop to purchase your gifts.
5. Apply the “Rules of Addition”
Use the “Rules of Addition Method” – adding little bits of exercise up during the day for a total daily workout time of 30 minutes. You don’t have to do 30 minutes of straight exercise – just aim for more MOVEMENT overall! Parking farther away at the grocery store, taking the stairs, commercial break crunches – It all adds up!!! Every little bit of exercise adds years to your life and takes inches off your fanny!
There you have it. MOVE MORE!
And Yes. I said fanny.
QUESTION: Give me some of your “MOVE MORE” tips!!!