Traveling During The Holiday Season? Top 10 tips
to stick to your workouts and reduce stress - Lynn
The holiday season brings with it a lot of magic. Unfortunately,
the challenges many face of juggling their time effectively during the
hectic holiday season with also keeping up with their normal daily activities
can prove quite stressful.
The holiday season also reflects some of the busiest travel times. According
to AAA, nearly 65 million Americans will travel during the holidays.
And being away from home often increases stress.
One great stress reducer is exercise. But holiday chaos coupled with
travel often causes workout routines to be abandoned.
However, with a little advanced planning you can make exercise a priority
even when away from home. Here are some tips to help you combat the stresses
of holiday travel through working out and eating well.
. Be realistic. You probably won't be able to fit in your normal weekly
workouts and that's okay. Shoot for completing at least 50% of your normal
. Keep family in the loop. If you are staying with family, let them
know that keeping to your fitness regimen while with them is important
to you. And, explain to them ahead of time your eating plans so that if
you skip one of their homemade delicacies they won't feel hurt or offended.
. Scope out local gyms. If you are either staying with family where
no fitness equipment is available or at a hotel without a gym, then inquire
at the nearby local fitness centers for their rates. Often they offer day
passes for minimal fees.
. Pack a resistance band in your suitcase. The band takes up very little
space, yet can provide you with an entire upper and lower body workout
routine. Plus if you stay where space is at a premium, you can perform
exercises that don't require large open areas.
. Don't deprive yourself of all the special delicacies. You can enjoy
some special meals without going overboard. Indulge in some of your favorite
family recipes but check your portions.
. Be creative. Find unique, fun ways to exercise instead of doing the
same routine you do when you are at home. Try to get a family game of kickball
or touch football started. Shoot some hoops with some of the kids in the
family. Or, get the whole gang to go ice skating. Effective workouts aren't
limited to the standard fares of walking, jogging and fitness machines.
. Create a new recipe tradition. Offer your assistance in the kitchen
and whip up some healthier holiday alternatives. Many traditional seasonal
favorites can be altered in ways that lower their fat and calorie content.
There are even websites that offer recipe makeovers to help you make a
. Prepare snacks. If your journey includes a lot of time in the car,
be sure to pack some healthy snacks so you aren't forced to eat at all
the fast food and convenience shops along the way.
. Get comfortable. Don't forget to pack comfortable workout attire
that fits your destination's climate.
. One is a magic number. Find it nearly impossible to say no to Grandma's
homemade goodies? If you just can't risk breaking your host's heart, then
stick to only one helping. Don't go for seconds or thirds! And, keep the
portion sizes realistic. You might even have to use a smaller plate to
make her think you're eating more than you actually are.
Here is a quick, simple circuit workout that only requires a resistance
band and can be done anywhere (even in a small space). Complete at least
one set of 8-12 reps of each exercise.
. Bicep Curl with band
. Tricep Kickback with band
. Lat Pull Down with band
. Front Raise with band
. Modified Push-Up
. Squat with band
. Abductor lift
. Hamstring Kicks
For detailed instructions on how to perform each of the above exercises,
About the author: Lynn Bode is a certified personal trainer specializing
in Internet-based fitness programs. She founded Workouts For You, which
provides affordable online exercise programs that are custom designed for
each individual. Visit: http://www.workoutsforyou.com to access their special
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