The average American gains more than 10 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Years. Whoa! Talk about some real talk. This is one statistic we don’t want you to be a part of. We totally understand that you probably won’t get to workout as much as you would like during the holidays but that doesn’t mean you have to pack on the L-Bs. Grandma’s homemade apple pie is definitely something not to pass up once a year. However, we can still all commit to holding ourselves accountable as much as possible. Read on for our ‘Holiday Survival Workout Guide’.
Instead of needing to add losing 10 pounds to your New Year’s Resolution List why not just keep the 10 additional holiday pounds off in the first place? Follow these tips below and we are sure you will be on the right track to keeping up your routine and the pounds off.
Workout in the Morning
If you can workout in the morning the chances of getting in your workout are greater. You can control what time you wake up. However, you can’t control sometimes how the rest of your day goes due to work, kids, etc. Even if you are not someone who likes to workout in the morning, just try for a couple weeks. If you hate it, you can assure yourself that this is only for a short period of time and you can go back to your evening or lunch workouts as soon as the crazy holidays are over. If this still seems overwhelming then ask yourself if you would rather get your workout in and wake up early or chance not getting a workout in at all.
Workout Three Times a Week
If you are someone that works out three times a week, we suggest just making sure you get in a few workouts. This is if you find yourself extremely busy and feeling overwhelmed by everything you need to get done. If you can make the time to at least get in three workouts, you are off to a great start. You never know, there may be a moment when you can sneak in another workout. The key here will make your reduced number of workouts to be some of the best workouts of your life. Tell yourself to bump up the intensity and make these three workouts count.
Also, remember that it is important for your body to have an adequate amount of rest too. If you can’t get three workouts in, don’t sweat it–literally. Your body needs rest and this could be the perfect time to give your body that much needed extra rest so that you can kill it when the busy season settles down.
Pick One Weight
Make sure your workouts you are getting in are super effective! Don’t make your workouts complicated, just make them effective. Grab one weight and use it for your whole workout. There are a lot of different and very effective exercises you can do with one weight. When using one weight think of doing complexes like Deadlifts, Bentover Rows, Hang Cleans, Thrusters, Overhead Squats, Lunges, etc.
Make Your Workouts Stress Free
If you do think you’ll have some time to schedule a workout class into your schedule, maybe this is the time you check out yoga. Adding yoga to your life when stress can be a bit higher is one of the best times to do yoga. You will still be actively moving your body and relieve stress at the same time. When in doubt, yoga it out!
So grab your POW and get moving!
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