Encouraging Tips For Holiday Fitness

Encouraging Tips For Holiday Fitness

Here are some encouraging tips for holiday fitness. It is the holiday season and many of us are so busy shopping, shipping, running from here to there that we tell ourselves we dont have time to exercise, but we dont want to lose ground on the good job of working out all year. Try to carve out a few minutes each day with the intention of doing some form of movement dedicated towards fitness as well as having a flexible schedule and an open mind.

Here are some ideas on how to be creative and encourage fitness during the holiday season:

1.First things first: keep your head in a good place and stay focused during your workout. Dont put yourself down for missing a workout. Give yourself a break and do the best you can. Remember any movement is better than none.

2.Wear your pedometer. All that running around can build up to quite a few steps. The standard used is 10,000 steps equal five miles. This is a good way to measure your movement. Add a few resistance exercises and stretches and it can qualify as an easy to moderate workout.

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3.Try this as a resistance exercise that has tremendous toning power and you can do it almost anywhere. This exercise is called the square because you use all four sides of the leg and includes exercising the following muscle groups: quadriceps, hamstrings, calves, hip flexors, and lower back. You do not need ankles weights to do this exercise however add them if you want a little extra effort. Resistance bands are also a good option.

Put your left hand on a chair, table, or counter top for balance, standing straight and tall with feet hip distance apart. Draw up on your kneecap and notice the quadriceps becoming engaged. Focus on this position and maintain it throughout the series. Start with 20 repetitions of each individual movement and progress to 2 sets of 20 reps.

First movement is to lift (not kick) your right leg straight out in front of you. Second movement is to take the right leg and lift to the right side. Third movement is to lift the leg behind you keeping your butt tight and your body erect. Last movement is to lift the right leg and crossing it over the top of the left leg. This will not be a large lift due to the positioning of the legs.

4.Keep your immune system strong. Stress can cause your immune system to weaken. Exercise relives stress and strengthens the immune system by increasing the circulation of blood flow throughout the body. The next time you find yourself thinking you dont have time for working out remember you dont have time to be sick either.

5.Try some of the quieter practices for fitness. These practices can relieve stress as well as keep you in shape. Examples include yoga, Pilates, and tai chi.

6.Read my articles on this website: Fitness Fast with Combination Exercises and Build Strength with the 10 Minute Workout. Both of these workouts are very effective in keeping you strong and will exercise all of the major muscle groups.

7.The little thingsBodybuilding: park far away from the Mall doors and walk. Take the stairs instead of elevators or escalators both of which will add steps to your pedometer. Walk at lunch either indoors or out. Just a 15 minute walk will boost your energy mentally and physically.

8.Give yourself permission to be flexible with your fitness schedule. Its okay to change your routine, to give yourself the extra time you need right now. Try working out for a shorter period of time or for fewer days during the week. However remember this is short term solution and you want to get back to a regular workout schedule as soon as possible.

9.Try getting up a few minutes earlier in the morning. This is a hard one but you can use the extra time to ride a stationary bike, walk around the block, or do some ab curls and pushups.

10.Take fitness to bed with you. Well not quite but have your exercise clothes, walking shoes, pedometer, dumbbells or yoga mat by your bed. If you use an exercise DVD have it in the TV and ready to go. This will make it easier for you to get ready and be motivated to workout first thing in the morning.

This is a happy time of year and we want to enjoy it but remember to put yourself first. Exercising will put you in a good state of mind and make life a little easier to handle. Be healthy, Be happy!

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13 Responses to “Encouraging Tips For Holiday Fitness”

  1. Does Anyone Know Any Fitness Tips That Work? Short fitness tips that really work would be very helpful, thanks.

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  2. What Are Some Good Fitness Tips? I have been trying to lose weight for a couple months now and has been stuck at one weight. Do anyone have any fitness tips and also eating tips for me?

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    • HealthNut Reply

      80% of weight loss is diet.
      You can eat a healthy diet and lose weight.
      You can eat a healthy diet and exercise and lose more weight.
      You can exercise and eat a poor diet and not lose and even gain weight.
      A good healthy diet high in fiber, lean meats, eggs, complex carbohydrates, whole grains, antioxidant foods, healthy beverages and low in added sugar and salt help people lose weight, lower cholesterol, increase energy, improve brain function, lower blood pressure, reduce cancer risk and have a more positive lifestyle!
      You need to eat a lot more food and a lot more fiber!
      Diets that exclude foods from any food group are fad diets and do not lead to permanent weight loss or solve any other health issues.
      First, try to kick your fiber intake to 40 grams of both soluble and insoluble fiber.
      Whatever you do, get your fiber from your food, not from a jar.
      Fruits and vegetables have good fiber in them. A high fiber diet increases the metabolism.
      Try a breakfast cereal with at least 20% of recommended daily allowance of fiber in it. They are usually low in sugar so there is a double benefit. Blueberries or raspberries on top add more fiber and antioxidants. But fresh or frozen, not the kind in syrup. Oatmeal with berries or a bit of fresh honey is also good.
      Raw nuts are a great source of fiber, healthy fats, and antioxidants. Avocados are the best.
      Lots of beans, peas, and grains are high fiber. Whole grain breads. Fiber kicks up the metabolism so you actually burn more calories. These foods will give you more gas in the beginning but if eaten daily, the bacteria in the digestive tract will elevate lowering the gas output.
      This will get you on the path for a healthy daily bowel movement. This helps clean the system and aids healthy digestion.
      I know it goes against everything you’ve heard but eating lots of the right foods will actually help you lose weight!
      Next, take an age appropriate basic daily multivitamin. Don’t look at your multivitamin as nutrition but more as an insurance policy. Think of it as filling in the gaps in your daily diet as opposed to a primary source of nutrients.
      You have to drink lots of water to be healthy. But you can disguise it. Fill your glass all the way full with ice before pouring low sugar beverages. Try iced green tea with a splash of orange juice in it for sweet. More antioxidants. Add lemon juice to water for flavor. Slice up a cucumber and float it in pitcher of water. Gives it salty fresh taste. But you must drink up to 100 oz of water daily to help your body get rid of waste and the natural toxins.
      Last, you need to get 7-9 hours of quality sleep depending on your age. All recent sleep studies report a connection between poor sleep patterns and weight gain. This includes going to bed as close to the same time every night including weekends. Most of us stay up late Friday and Saturday night and it throws us off.
      You must combine a healthy diet with exercise to multiply the benefit. Whether an hour a day in the weight room or just a 30 minute brisk walk every day, the added benefit of a regular exercise program really do increase and accelerate healthy weight loss.

      I lost 30 pounds in 5 months by spending my money at the grocery and gym and have kept it off for over two years. Less than 3% of people that attempt weight loss lose it and keep it off for two years. It is not easy. It is a lifestyle change.
      Good luck and good health.

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  3. What Are Your Best Tips To Live A Healthy Life? Health tips in any area would be great. Especially what foods to eat, fitness tips, avoiding colds or being sick, and being happier.

    Sorry it’s so broad, but I just wanted some really good tips or secrets, or anything. Thanks!

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    • HealthNut Reply

      One has to be happy, not worry about everything little thing that goes wrong, think of others who have life a lot worse or the ones who are gone who whould like to swich with you, but most importantly, you must cleanse your body of toxins and take suppliments.

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  4. What Are The Best Fitness Tips ? I want to know What are the best fitness tips ?

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    • HealthNut Reply

      Fitness Tip 1 :
      Change does not have to be Hard :
      The majority of the fitness tips that you come across nowadays would request you to go for extended exercises in gym and eat only salads in addition to get registered with various elevated priced health clubs. By fitness tips, the majority of us believe that we have to totally change our life-style and thus the majority of us never bother to think about various helpful fitness tips. The terror of abandoning your dietetic habits is one of the obstacles between people and fitness tips.

      Fitness Tip 2 :
      Try to discover the golden signify between over training and concrete, tangible exercises gains and advantages . Calculate carefully the depth, period and frequency of your exercises. You require visible and quick results but a burnout might prove disastrous .

      Fitness Tip 3 :
      No exercises program and no diet will bring long term consequences if you do not make a serious responsibility. Nourish your self motivation and person discipline. Look into the mirror , if your eyes slash and spark at that time you be able to go on. Put Specific Objectives Setting specific goals means that you have to forget going to the fitness center without even knowing the cause you go. For example, set the practical objective of gaining 5 pounds of muscle mass throughout the next couple of months or to improve your bench weight 10 percent. Your exercises, your diet, your supplementation even your brain must be focused on this objective.

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  5. Anyone Know Some Good Fitness Tips? I’m really bad at running, and I would like to loose a few pounds, so I was wondering if anyone could give me some simple fitness tips? Just a simple fitness regime, please.

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    • HealthNut Reply

      Avoid elevators and escalators,,
      climb stairs,, walk long distances every single day.
      hour of cardio at your target heart rate every day.
      stretch properly afterwards or you wont want to come back tomorrow which blows the whole plan.

      good luck

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  6. How Can I Increase My Metabolic Rate? Which exercise/fitness tips can you give me to increase my metabolic rate? Also if you can explain the science behind it, I would appreciate it.

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    • HealthNut Reply

      -Eat breakfast. You metabolism is slow in the morning becasue you have been fasting all night. Eating breakfast revs it up.
      -Eat 5-6 small meals throughout the day. Same principal, when you go to long without eating your metabolism slows. Eat something at least every 3 hours.
      -Build muscle through resistance training. The more muscle you have the higher your metabolic rate because muscle is active tissue and burns calories even at rest.
      -Drink lots and lots of water. Being sufficiently hydrated makes you body carry out its metabolic processes more effiecintly.

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  7. What Are The Best And Fastest Ways To Loose Weight? I hate swallowing pills and would like to do my best to not take pills to loose weight. I would like to know some diet tips and fitness tips. I currently do about 8 hours a week of fitness. I do competitive cheerleading, exercise during gym and walk home from school every day. Additionally, I go running for about an hour every saturday. However, i am not loosing weight! Please help!!
    I also do not eat fast food such as hamburgers, fried foods, etc

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