It is ABSOLUTELY possible to make time for exercise, even with the busiest schedule.
There are workouts YOU can do during the holidays to stay on-track and feeling great.. so you don’t feel like you have to start over again after the New Year.
In this post I’m going to give you my top recommendations, which is how I actually manage to squeeze in my own workouts when my schedule is slammed.
Here’s why making time for your workouts this time of year is more than worth it:
1. It’s so much easier to maintain a habit … like working out … than it is trying to create a NEW habit. Have you ever taken a break from your workouts, and then found it so hard to start back up again? It’s the worst.
2. Exercise can help keep your immune system charged up, helping you battle cold and flu viruses you come into contact with.
3. It’s one of the best natural mood-boosters there is! Finishing a great workout can help elevate your mood for hours.
4. You’ll have more energy and sleep better, which is always a plus.
5. It’s good for your long-term health and well-being, cutting your risk of certain diseases.
6. It’s all about those gainz, right? KIDDING!
There’s actually more, but you get the point. It’s so important to make fitness a priority in your life … and get it on your schedule!
Have you ever heard the saying, “Show me your calendar, and I’ll show you what your priorities are?”
It’s so true!
And the good news is, getting your workouts in can take less time than you might think...
Especially when you do HIIT workouts! These are short but effective workouts that get the job done fast.
Have you ever heard of Tabata-style workouts? These are short workouts that last only about 4 minutes and are great to do anywhere.
Basically, all you do is choose one or more exercises like lunges, squats, burpees or jumping jacks.
After you get warmed up, you do an exercise on your list for 20 seconds, and then take a break for 10 seconds, and repeat that time frame as you go through your exercise list.
The idea is to go hard and fast (with good form, of course!) for a total of 8 rounds, which is only 4 minutes!
It’s 20 seconds on, 10 seconds off. Super simple to remember since it adds up to a half-minute!
Like I said, you can do this with just one exercise – like push-ups, squats, or lunges for a tough, targeted workout. Or you can combine it with other exercises to keep it fun and engaging, like: sprints, step-ups, and burpees.
The whole idea is to make it fun and fast. Be sure to cool down completely by doing some easy walking so your heart rate comes back down before you hit the shower.
You will be amazed at how much work you can get done in a short period of time if you try the Tabata method. You can squeeze an entire workout including your warmup and cooldown in less than 20 minutes!
I hope this helps! It takes less than 1% of your whole day to keep your workout habit going over the holidays!
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