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Finding time to exercise during the holiday season can be difficult. Here are some tips to help you stay fit!

“Winter is coming!” Time for fuzzy blankets, hot cocoa and holiday movies. With the weather changing and all the joyous holiday festivities, it can be difficult to prioritize exercise. However, there are many benefits of maintaining a regular exercise routine during the holidays. These include reducing seasonal depression, decreasing stress, regulating blood sugar and maintaining a healthy weight.

Need a few ideas on maintaining an exercise routine this winter? Look no further; check out our tips below!

Commit to 30 Minutes

Workouts don’t need to be hours long to be effective! In fact, 30-minute workouts provide the same health benefits as long ones and can be better suited for your crazy holiday schedule. Need inspiration? Try incorporating HIIT (high-intensity interval training) inspired circuits, such as the two below, to burn more calories in less time.

20 seconds on, 10 seconds off, x4 20 seconds on, 10 seconds off, x4
Squat to press Jumping jacks
Plank jacks Pushups


Try "Trigger" Workouts

Place a piece of equipment in a location you pass by regularly at home. Every time you pass by your “trigger” item, do a few reps and sets of one to two exercises. For example, do five squats and five modified pushups at the kitchen counter.

Sneak in Movement During Chores

Pick two to three chores that will take about 30 minutes. Chores like sweeping, vacuuming and mopping are great ways to incorporate more full-body movement. Combine chores and “trigger” workouts for a little extra intensity!

Have an Alternative

Utilize instructor-led workouts or on-demand content on the days you don’t want to think about fitness. The Fitness Marshal and POPSUGAR Fitness have great pre-recorded workouts on YouTube. The Student Rec & Wellness Center (SRWC) will continue to offer virtual fitness classes during the holiday break too! Check out the full schedule at asirecreation.org.

Lastly, don’t feel guilty if you miss a workout or two during the holidays. You deserve a rest day! Get back on track and commit to moving the next day – even if it’s modified or shorter than usual. Good luck, and stay healthy!

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