8 ways to look after your health and fitness during the holiday season

Gym opening hours can be significantly reduced over the festive period, and will likely be closed on bank holidays. So, if you’re a regular gym goer, it can be helpful to have a backup plan for days when it’s not possible to do your usual workout.

It can be tempting to throw in the towel and skip your workout altogether if you can’t get to the gym. But if you still want to workout or feel you really should, then there are plenty of ways you can get an effective workout at home.

If you’re already used to home workouts, then you may already have all the equipment you need. This could include weights, resistance bands, and a yoga mat. Though if you don’t, there are plenty of ways you can improvise, for example, by using water bottles as weights, or a large beach towel as a yoga mat.

If you’re short on time over the Christmas break, then it can be helpful to choose workouts that target the whole body; rather than focusing on individual muscle groups. If you have weights and resistance bands, then it’s a good idea to include these in your workout choices – as building and maintaining your strength thresholds is always a good thing, no matter what time of year it is.

High intensity interval training (HIIT) is another great way to keep in shape. A 30-minute HIIT session works wonders for your cardiovascular health and can help you build muscle too. If high intensity sounds a bit much, then there are usually plenty of beginner or lower impact options available for this style of training as well.

Working out at home can sometimes be a challenge; perhaps because there are more distractions or you simply don’t feel motivated. So, if you notice your focus waning, then try changing your workouts up a bit. If one day, you don’t feel much like jumping around, then you could try doing something easier on your joints like yoga or pilates instead.

It’s also important to find the time of day that works best for you. If you’re with other people over the holidays, try tempting them to join you. Or another option could be to have an early morning workout in the privacy of your own room and avoid others trying to convince you otherwise.

Author: wpadmin

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