5 ways to stay active during the holiday season

imagesDid you know that from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day,  people gain on average 5 to 7 pounds? Keeping a consistent workout schedule during the holidays is definitely a challenge.  Between the traveling, holiday dinners, and last minute shopping, squeezing in a workout deems almost impossible.  Here at Stylista Fitness, we’ve compiled a list of ways you can stay active during the holiday season!!

1. Use your wait times to be active. 

Traveling this holiday season? If you show up early for your flight, instead of sitting in the boring waiting area, take a brisk walk. Hell, even jog through the airport!  Pretend you are late for your flight and make a run for it.  People won’t look at you like your crazy because they will probably just assume you’re trying to catch your flight.

Use waiting in any line as a time to get in some exercise. Do some calf raises or use the weight of your purse to do some bicep curls. Use your limited time efficiently!

2. Park far away!

Stop trying to fight for the spot up front at the mall or grocery store. Take advantage of burning extra calories by finding the farthest spot from the entrance.  Those calories definitely can add up after multiple mall visits to find perfect gifts for friends and family.

3. Workout Indoors

wii workoutIf you live in freezing temperatures, stay indoors and PUSH PLAY!! There are tons of workout videos you can buy.  Also, many game consoles have great workout games such as Dance Dance Revolution Hottest Party Bundle or Zumba Fitness World Party.
4. Winter Sports

Ice skating, anyone?  You can burn up to 600 calories, the same number you burn when you run 5 miles.  Many places around the city offer outdoor ice rinks during this time of year no matter where you live, so lace up your boots and get to skating. Other winter sports: skiing, snowboarding, or even sledding can burn a lot of calories.

5. Wear a pedometer

fit bitThe general rule of thumb is about 10,000 steps daily, about 5 miles, to maintain a good level of fitness. If you keep track of your steps, you can adjust accordingly, i.e. take the stairs at work or walk a lap around the mall.  There a couple of cool gadgets such as the Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity + Sleep Wristband or the UP by Jawbone to track steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned, stairs climbed and active minutes throughout the day. At night, track your sleep and wake up silently with a vibrating alarm.  Watch out for Ana’s review about the FitBit!

How will you stay active this holiday season? Comment below! We would love to hear from you!