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Stay active during the Holiday Season!

During this busy and hectic time of the year, you may find yourself struggling just to find time to stay active and exercise! After all, this it is important to end of strong on whatever goal you have set!

Here are a few quick tips to help you squeeze in a workout amidst the holiday craziness!

1) Pack your gym clothes!

This is a relevant tip despite what season we are in! However, during these winter days, days are shorter and the gloomy weather outside may discourage you from heading to the gym. Try packing your gym clothes in your trunk so that you don’t have to go home before heading out to the gym. This way, you can go straight from work and avoid the temptation of sitting on your couch or “taking a rest” before going to your workout!

2) Take the stairs! 

Check this. In one minute, a 150 pound person can burn up to 10 calories walking up the stairs opposed to 1.5 calories when taking the elevator! Try taking the stairs a couple times a day instead of opting for the elevator and you may find yourself having to catch your breath sometime!

3) Stay up to day with Community programs!

Take a trip down to your local community centre and explore what programs and drop ins they have available! Squeezing in one day a week to play some drop in volleyball, basketball or some indoor soccer can go a long way! There are also fun dance classes or yoga classes as well!

4) Park further away! 

Just like taking the stairs during work or school, parking further away forces you to squeeze exercise in your day! Walking the extra few meters throughout the week can really add up!

5) Cleaning! 

As the year comes to a close, I’m sure you want to get rid of things and start of the new year fresh! Cleaning your home can be a workout in itself! Lifting boxes, squatting down to pick up things and walking throughout your home are all movements that can be counted as exercise! You also, kill two birds with one stone here as you can get your place ready for the holiday festivities!

It is important to understand that the little things can have a big impact in the end. A decision to take the stairs can keep your legs in shape and keep up your cardio. Being prepared by packing your clothes can help you get into the mindset of going to the gym after work. It is these little details that make an impact! The holidays will always be a crazy time but it is also important to take care of yourself and find ways to stay active!

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