Most folks take a break from exercise during the holiday season, which is one of the reasons they gain weight. You need exercise during the holidays since this is the time we overindulge.

Exercising will not only burn off the excess calories, it’ll also keep you energetic and reduce chances of binge eating. But holiday ups and downs can take up time for exercise, so here are 7 tips that will help you stay fit this holiday season.

1. Adjust your workout routine
Holidays usually disrupt our regular routine, so adjust your routine to fit your holiday schedule. For instance, if you can’t go for an evening run, start running in the morning.

Be flexible with the exercises, too. Do 15-minute sprints if you don’t have time for a 1-hour jog.

2. Wake up early
Waking 30 minutes earlier can make a big difference. Morning workouts will help you make better food choices and keep your willpower intact.

Additionally, it’s easy to get caught up with other things and forget about exercise. So get exercise out of the way as early as possible.

3. Keep a jump rope handy
A jump rope is one of the most effective and convenient workout equipment. It’s portable and doesn’t take up much space.

If you can’t do your regular exercises, just take out your jump rope and enjoy your workout. You can burn up to 200 calories by jumping rope for 15 minutes.

4. Set workout reminders
There’s so much going on during the holiday season and exercise can easily slip our minds. Reminders will stop you from skipping workouts.

Use apps or plan with your workout buddy to remind each other about exercise each day.

5. Avoid being uncomfortably full
Overeating can cause stomach upsets, gas, vomiting and so on. And will consequently stop you from exercising. Practice mindful eating if you want to avoid being uncomfortably full.

6. Invite a friend or family member
Ask a friend or family member to exercise with you. If they join you, well and good, if they don’t, go ahead and exercise by yourself. You never know, you may inspire someone to start exercising regularly.

7. Do bodyweight exercises
If you’re used to gym machines, it’s time to start doing bodyweight exercises. Exercises like push ups and squats can be done anywhere and they’re just as effective as machine exercises. Try these cardio bodyweight exercises.


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