Partly because I am now working here at, Miracles Fitness Remington, but also because I am finally beginning to truly believe that movement of any kind is a positive for me, and I know it makes me feel better all the way around! I have heard this for years, but for some reason, it's taken me nearly 60 years to actually believe it! Plus, I feel so much better when I choose to eat healthy. Moderation in all things is truly the key. I will not deprive myself of the wonderful food that comes along this time of year, but I will choose to eat less of the pumpkin pie, Christmas cookies, fudge, etc.
So, make a decision now that you are going to "move" during the holiday season. You may not make it in to the Fitness Center as often as you like, but it doesn't mean you can't sneak exercise in while going about your every day routines. I was reading a blog called Just Roni and she suggests the following to "ramp up the intensity of your daily chores":
1) Vacuum Squats: I don't know how you vacuum, but I try to do it in rows. Her suggestion is to do a couple of squats each time you start a "row." By the time you finish with your vacuuming, you should have completed a good number of squats too!
2) Garbage Laps: When you are taking your trash out to the curb, or to your can, instead of trying to juggle everything at once, take one bag or item at a time. It may take a little longer, but you'll be that much closer to your 10,000 steps they recommend. She also does a lap around her house once she has taken out her trash. Me.....not so much. :)
3) Dishwasher Dancing: She suggests you turn your music way up and dance around the kitchen and dining room as you are filling up or emptying your dishwasher! Dance like no one is watching, and get your kids involved with the craziness too! Movement is movement!!
4) Clean Counter Push-Ups: Get some upper body work out as you clean off your counters. Once you've wiped a counter, do 5-10 push-ups by leaning on the edge and pushing yourself away from the counter. The farther away you place your feet from the base, the more intense your push-up will be. Do this for each counter and/or on each side of your island, if you have one.
5) Walk the Dog/Play with Your Kids: These aren't really "chores" but sometimes we need to be reminded to turn off the TV and get outside with your kids and/or pet(s).
These are just a few ideas to help you get more movement into your life! Don't just sit and watch the days go by without exercise! Be creative and make it fun!