Wednesday, December 2, 2009

FFF Diva Advice: 7 Ways to Sneak in a Holiday Workout

Hello fellow FFF Divas!

Recently I have been doing more reading and research of various tips to help with my new healthy lifestyle. I realized that living a healthier lifestyle doesn't have to be a difficult process at all. Below is an article I found on my favorite website: www.active.com.

7 Ways to Sneak in a Holiday Workout

With the holidays and new year around the corner, Americans have travel on their mind. Many people find that during holiday travel, their workout regimen seems to get thrown out of whack.

Fortunately, with a little proactive planning, you can maintain your fitness level, no matter where you are. According to IDEA, a membership organization for health and fitness professionals, the key is to be creative and remember that even short workouts are better than no workouts at all.

Here are a few tips from IDEA on how to keep in shape while you travel:

Do a "Condensed-but-intense-workout"

Customize your own 30-minute workout combining three lower body workouts (squats or lunges) and three upper body exercises (modified pushups or chair dips).

Warm up with exercises like marching or jogging in place, then do 10-20 repetitions of a lower body exercise and 10-15 repetitions of an upper body exercise. Follow this with a minute of jumping jacks or jogging in place. Repeat this routine two or even three times and then try a variation of abdominal crunches, low back lifts and stretches.

Rehearse Your Routine

Practice makes perfect, so in order to be familiar and comfortable with your routine, do it as often as possible.

Get Active in Airports

If flight delays leave you with extra time at the airport, take advantage of it. Store your luggage in an airport locker and take a hike through the terminal.

Bring Tubes, Bands and More

Don't leave out fitness equipment when youre packing for a trip. Bring fitness videos, comfortable walking shoes, a bathing suit or other gear that you can fit in your bag. Inspirational memos from a trainer or a motivational CD could help you get moving.

Get a Jump Rope

Jumping rope is a great way to get in a few minutes of intense cardio workout and it can be done just about anywhere. If you dont have a jump rope, try climbing flights of stairs instead.

Plan to Relax

Don't overdo it. Staying fit is important, but dont lose sight of the real reason for the holidays spending time with those who are important to you. If you want to do both, involve the whole family in a yoga or tai chi exercise to unwind.

Ease Back Into your Routine

Depending on how much you worked out during your travel, you may need to gradually ease back into your old routine. You may want to consider using lighter weights or decrease the intensity or the duration of your workouts until you can return to pre-trip conditions.

8 comments:

  1. Great advice. I hear some airports are now offering work out facilities. That would be a nice feature.

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  2. Thanks for stopping by my blog! and thanks for the tips. They are great!

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  3. Thanks for taking time to visit my blog. Support & encouragement plays such a huge role!

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  4. New to your blog. Great tips thanks.

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  5. fff....hey, is that future former fattie....if it is, i have fff on the arms of my workout t shirts...as to how to 'sneak' in a workout...I like to do it by driving to the gym and working out...lol. I did an hour and a half on Thanksgiving, and will do an hour and a half on christmas eve.....apparently, my fat doesn't know the difference lol.

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  6. Love the list! Thanks for sharing :-)

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  7. I plan to go out of town for Christmas and these tips will come in handy after stuffing myself!!! Thanks for stopping by and following. Look forward to reading more.

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  8. Thanks for the add and thanks for the list!!! :) Goodluck!

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