Five Ways to Keep Exercising During the Holidays


Five Ways to Keep Exercising During the Holidays

Five Ways to Keep Exercising During the Holidays

Holidays are a fun time, but they’re also super-busy. For lots of us, it’s difficult to take time for our usual exercise routines. Here are a few ways to fix that, thanks to some healthy advice from the University of Texas-Arlington.  

1.Get plenty of rest

That may be an odd item to see on a list about exercise, but rest is important. It helps your body recharge, to keep you up to speed for all your last-minute trips to the mall.

2. Bite-sized pieces

It might not be possible to get in your usual workout. Just do it in bits and pieces: Squeeze in five minutes here, and 10 minutes there, a few crunches, a few planks, an extra lap around the mall.

3.Don’t feast every day

Save up your holiday treats for big events. Then when everyone gathers and piles up in the den, you can go all in.

4. Start your New Year early

If you’ve been meaning to start an exercise program, the new year is a perfect time to try out that resolution. However, lots of other people may be trying it at that time, too. Beat the rush and start now – then you won’t feel so guilty about the extra helping of sweet potato casserole.

5. Sign up for a 5K

You might be walking 5K every day during shopping anyway, but 5Ks runs are available close to you during the holidays and into January. Running burns calories and many runs support charities; so you can feel good for yourself and spread some holiday love to someone else, too. 

Looking for a 5K to participate in right after the Christmas holidays?

Consider the MLK Day 5K Drum Run. The YMCA of Greater Birmingham is proud to be Mile Sponsor for the 2017 MLK Day 5K, starting and finishing at Kelly Ingram Park in the Civil Rights District of Downtown Birmingham. It's a great way to celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr., and help support the YMCA's mission as well. For every participate who registers as a member of the YMCA of Greater Birmingham team, $5 of each team member's registration fee will be returned to the YMCA of Greater Birmingham's Annual Campaign.  Click the button below to register online.
Posted by Loyd McIntosh at 9:12 AM
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