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Healthy Holiday Fitness Tips

15 Dec 2015 -

The holidays are the perfect time of year to connect with friends, spend time with family and enjoy all the festivities. With just a few simple changes, you can set yourself on track for a healthier and happier New Year. You'll make it easier to beat the Holiday Bulge and that New Year's resolution won't seem nearly as difficult to obtain.

Move More

Take advantage of the warm weather and extra daylight hours by starting the day earlier with a walk or exercise session to help burn off any of the previous days excesses!  Or if morning workouts are not for you, swap to the evening to wind down after a busy day. Why not make the most of the time and turn into a ‘walk and talk’ catch up with friends or family.

 

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Get Active!

Holidays provide a great opportunity to increase your general activity without the worries or time constraints that may hold us back during the rest of the year. Try mixing up any structured exercise sessions with some relaxed and fun activities; pump up the bike tyres and get them spinning, cool off with a splash at your local pool. Wherever you are, simply get out and get active, your body and mind will thank you for it!

Holidays provide a great opportunity to increase your general activity without the worries or time constraints that may hold us back during the rest of the year. Try mixing up any structured exercise sessions with some relaxed and fun activities; pump up the bike tyres and get them spinning, cool off with a splash at your local pool. Wherever you are, simply get out and get active, your body and mind will thank you for it!

 

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Short on time?

As little as 20 mins is all that is needed to squeeze in a quick workout that will leave you more energised, focused and guilt free for  the rest of the day! Try this full-body resistance and cardio option that can be done virtually anywhere!

 

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Quick Holiday Workout (20 minutes):

Warm up with a simple 3 mins alternating jogging and skipping on the spot.

Rotate through the following 5 exercises for 1 min each, completing each 3 times in total.

  • Squat jumps
  • Push-ups
  • Mountain climbers
  • Glute bridge
  • Tricep Dips (use a secure surface like a ledge or window sill)
  • Complete with an easy 2 min jog, gradually slowing towards the end.

Each exercise can be modified to suit your current fitness level or ability such as starting with a simple squat without the jump, push-ups on your knees or against a wall, remember to work at a pace that is right for you. To add intensity and variation, try turning this into a Tabata set workout.

Tabata Workout:

  1. Power through the exercise as hard as you can go for 20 seconds
  2. Rest for 10 seconds
  3. Complete 8 rounds of this per exercise before moving to the next one
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