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Holiday Fitness Tips

Holiday Fitness Tips

It’s that time of the year when it's easy to indulge in Christmas cookies and skip your workout. But regular exercise can actually help you enjoy the holidays more by boosting your energy, immune system and even your mood, while curbing your appetite and improving digestion. Try one or all of these holiday fitness tips to help keep you on track with your health! (If you need additional inspiration, check out our previous post with more fun ideas to stay fit)

Skip the "all or nothing" mentality.

Just because you miss a few days from your workout routine doesn’t mean it's a lost cause until January 2nd. Even just 15-20 minutes of exercise 3-4 days per week can help rev your metabolism and optimize your immune system. Every workout counts as a step toward better health all season long!

Don't forget to have fun!

Take advantage of seasonal opportunities to stay active. Snowshoeing, sledding, and cross-country skiing are all physical activities that balance cardio with fun! If it’s not cold enough yet, visit an indoor ice skating rink to put you in a seasonal mood while increasing your heart rate.

Involve family and friends.

Making time to exercise doesn’t need to mean missing out on time with loved ones. Bring them along for a walk (instead of a drive!) to look at Christmas lights, or bundle up for a hike in a snowy forest preserve. Too cold to go outside? Grab a friend to walk around the mall while window shopping!

Add some holiday cheer to your routine.

The holidays are a great time off from work and school, and it’s tempting to put your traditional workout routine on "vacation mode." And why not? Ditch the treadmill and crank up your favorite Christmas party tunes for instant cardio! Or, watch a Christmas movie while using a stationary bike or elliptical. Time will fly while you sweat away holiday stress!

How do you stay active during the holidays? Share your tips in the comments below! Better yet, share a workout selfie on social media and tag Fruitful Yield (use #TheFruitfulLife). We'd love to see how you're staying active this season!

*Content contained in this article is not intended to provide or to constitute medical or healthcare advice. Nor can it be relied upon as preventative care, cure, or treatment for any disease or medical condition. You should consult a qualified healthcare professional for advice regarding the diagnosis and treatment of any medical condition and before starting any supplementation, nutritional, exercise, or other medical program.

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