Christmas is just about here, and that can mean neglected fitness regimes and five-hour TV marathons. But it doesn’t have to be this way. With a little forward planning and a teeny bit of self-discipline, it is possible to enjoy a happy and healthy Christmas and enter the New Year feeling fit.
Many people will fall off the exercise bandwagon at Christmas, and rule out the idea of getting into shape during the festive period, assuming there is no point in starting until the New Year, but given that one of the biggest barriers to exercise is lack of time, a break from the usual routine over this Christmas and New Year can provide the ideal opportunity to begin or maintain physical activity.
NO EXCUSE EXERCISES
- Before bed and on waking, do some stretches.
- On breaks, spend 5 minutes climbing stairs.
- When you take the rubbish outside, take a brisk 5-minute power walk up the street in one direction and back in the other.Try 5 to 10 minutes of jumping jacks. (A 10st 7lb woman can burn 90 calories in one 10-minute session).
- Whilst cooking dinner do standing pushups while you wait for a pan to boil. Stand an arm’s length from the kitchen counter, and push your arms against the counter. Push in and out to get toned arms and shoulders.
- After dinner, go outside for a brisk walk with your family and friends.