Exercising over Christmas is hard. The weather is cold, it gets dark too early and with all the extra social commitments there just does not seem to be enough hours in the day. However, it can be done. In this article I am going to help you carry on exercising through the entire festive period by providing you with 4 Christmas fitness tips.
1) GET TO THE GYM:
The ice and snow that come around this time of year can make it too dangerous to do certain types of exercise. So if you normally stay active by going cycling or jogging you may have to change your plans and get to the gym. Although cycling machines and treadmills do not match the feeling of being outdoors it is still a better alternative than sitting at home and eating mince pies.
2) GIVE INTERACTIVE VIDEO GAMES A TRY:
If you are dead against going to the gym, interactive video games are another viable option for maintaining your Christmas fitness. All 3 of the major consoles now have a wide range of interactive fitness games such as PS3 Move Fitness, Nintendo Wii Fit and Xbox 360 Zumba Fitness for the Kinect.. All you need to do is pick your style of exercise, find a suitable game and play.
3) TRY SOME OUTDOOR EXERCISES:
Although the winter weather makes cycling and jogging almost impossible, it does allow you to do other outdoor exercises. Ice skating is a particularly popular Christmas exercise you can try this year. Just 10 minutes of intense ice skating can burn an impressive 100 calories. Clearing snow is a less conventional exercise option that is definitely worth a try. 1 hour of clearing snow uses up a notable 400 calories.
4) WORKOUT WHENEVER YOU CAN:
During Christmas your time is at a premium and you are probably not going to have the luxury of doing your regular workout at the same time each day. You might not even have the time to complete a full workout. To get around this you need to make use of the small slots of time you do have during the day. If you have a social commitment in the evening which means you cannot get to your normal gym class, try and fit in a couple of 20 or 30 minute sessions during the day. Perhaps go for a 30 minute jog in the morning and then a 20 minute walk at lunch time. By being flexible and fitting in short, regular workouts you can maintain your Christmas fitness even when you cannot complete your normal workout routine.
Although you are probably not going to be able to keep up with your full fitness routine over the festive period, I hope these Christmas fitness tips allow you to get some exercise. Just a little exercise can go a long way to combating the calories in those Christmas drinks and tasty mince pies.