Inside Washtenaw County Public Health: Find ways to fit in exercise for a happy, healthy holiday
During this time of year it’s easy to get so busy shopping, decorating and enjoying family and friends (which is a good thing!) that our fitness routine can get put on the back burner. Now as the coordinator of Washtenaw County Government’s Worksite Wellness program, I should be immune to this — right? Wrong!
Like many people, I fall into the “I’ll hit it really hard after the New Year!” category. But there is good news for those of us in the “after the New Year” crowd. It’s possible to enjoy the holidays and still maintain our fitness — sound good? Keep reading!
The American College of Sports Medicine recommends that adults ages 18-65 years get at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise five days per week. In short, you’re trying to get 150 minutes of moderate intensity over a five-day period. Below are some fun ways to accomplish this during this busy time of year.
â€¢ Take a 10 minute walk with a family member to look at holiday decorations in your neighborhood.
â€¢ If the conditions are right, you can snowshoe, cross-country ski or ice skate. These outdoor activities burn calories and keep you in the holiday spirit.
â€¢ Go dancing. It will be fun for you and good for your waistline.
â€¢ If you would prefer to shop for presents at shopping malls, do an hour of mall walking before shopping. Use steps instead of escalators.
â€¢ Pace through the house as you enjoy a chat on the phone
â€¢ When your grandmother is trying to get you to eat a slice of pumpkin pie, ask her if she’s trying to ruin your diet (guilt goes both ways).
â€¢ If you don't have equipment, pick up some full water bottles or soup cans for quick lateral raises or overhead presses. Something is always better than nothing.
Don't Give Up!
The worst thing you can do when it comes to weight management during the holidays? Give into all-or-nothing thinking and keep making bad choices once you've made a mistake or two. Never throw in the towel just because of a few slip-ups!
Have any good ideas for exercise during the winter months? Post a comment below!
Enjoy the holiday season!
Charles Wilson, is the Worksite Wellness Coordinator for Washtenaw County Public Health. He can be reached at 734-544-2981.