4 Reasons to Stay Active During the Holidays and Beyond

By |2017-12-27T15:34:21+00:00December 27th, 2017|

It’s easy to skip your workouts this time of year. After all, there’s so much to do! Shopping, wrapping, baking, traveling, planning… it’s enough to make your head spin. It can be hard to find the motivation to get to the gym, but a good sweat may be just what you need! Here are some motivating reasons to stay active this holiday season (and well into the new year).

You Will Relieve Holiday Stress
A good workout is one of the best ways to relieve seasonal tension. According to the Mayo Clinic, exercise helps combat stress by encouraging the release of endorphins (a.k.a the body’s “feel good” hormones), fighting insomnia, increasing self-confidence, and clearing the mind.

For the ultimate stress-busting workout, we highly recommend a martial arts inspired workout, such as kickboxing or boxing. If martial arts-inspired training doesn’t sound like your cup of eggnog, don’t worry. A brisk walk should do the trick.

You Will Beat the Winter Blues
The holiday and winter season can be a difficult time, especially as it comes to a close on January 1st. Fortunately, a consistent workout routine can help chase away the “winter blues”. Those “feel good” hormones (endorphins) also alleviate anxiety and depression! Scientists have found that even 5 minutes of aerobic exercise can relieve symptoms. Additionally, exercising in the brisk, fresh air can lift your spirits, clear your mind, and may even help you work harder by reducing your rate of perceived exertion (how difficult an exercise feels).

You Will Maintain Your Waistline

Regular exercise is vital to maintaining your waistline during the holidays. After all, tempting treats are everywhere this time of year! Aerobic exercise, such as biking, walking, and swimming, is especially good for preventing seasonal weight gain. So, lace up your shoes and get moving! Your jeans will thank you.

You Will Set a Good Habit for the New Year
Sticking to an exercise regimen during the holidays can set you up for success in the new year. It takes approximately 66 days to form a habit. By getting started early you’re sure to reach all your goals in 2018!

Remember, VHP is here to help you stay active throughout the holidays and into the new year. Check out one of our live classes. Regardless of your fitness level, we’re here to help you have an active holiday season and a happy, healthy new year!

 

About the Author:

As a former overweight teenager, Meghan discovered the transformative power of good nutrition and exercise. In a quest to help others transform their lives, Meghan earned an MS in Applied Nutrition from Northeastern University and a dual-certification from the American Council on Exercise in personal training and group fitness instruction. In addition to writing, Meghan teaches virtual fitness classes and provides 1-on-1 training sessions via VHPGO. Meghan resides in Charlottesville, VA and loves spending time with her husband, infant daughter, and toy poodle.