Stay Fit & Happy during the holidays this year with fun holiday fitness!
We know you are busy during the Holidays and this means that meeting your trainer or keeping your group fitness class appointment are not always on the top of the to do list. Instead, you’re spending your extra time shopping for gifts and going to holiday parties. Don’t let the craziness of the holidays place your fitness and health on the back burner.
We are meant to MOVE! Let’s make a small lifestyle change today that will make a huge impact on your overall health. I am talking about a 60 second exercise that will change the way you think about Health and Fitness. Being sedentary is causing a decline in our health and fitness. Over time, sitting causes tight hip flexors, tight hamstrings, and weak, relaxed glutes. This muscle imbalance is the foundation for poor posture and injury. Along with muscle imbalances, prolonged sitting also causes metabolic and hormonal imbalances that lead to excess fat and high blood pressure.
Here is a brilliant challenge to stay fit during the holidays | 60 Second Holiday Fitness Challenge
For every hour you are sedentary, perform 1 minute of either Push-Ups or Squats! Yes, get up from your desk at work each hour and perform 60 seconds of Push-ups or Squats. Set an alarm on your phone to go off every hour. The reminder is necessary so you don’t forget! You will get up once an hour from whatever you’re doing to get your blood flowing and your muscles moving through full range of motion. To make this even more fun, get your entire office to participate in our 60 Second Holiday Fitness Challenge! My goal is to help you make a small lifestyle change to be more active and less sedentary.
Here are some variations to help you modify when necessary or add more challenge on days where you have more energy and motivation:
The Push-up should be performed based on your skill level. You can place your hands on your desk and perform push-ups on an incline or place your knees on the floor and try Push-ups on your knees. If you are able to perform the Push-Up (as shown) with straight legs, go for it!
The Squat should be done with feet slightly wider than hip width apart. Bend your knees, bringing your hips down to knee level, while you sit back into your heels. Your knees should stack over your heels and align with your second toe. You can reach your arms up in line with your body, or place your hands on your hips (modification). Focus on keeping your back flat throughout the movement and squeeze your glutes when you stand. To modify, hold onto something to help you balance.
Share our Holiday Fitness Challenge with your friends and family via email and social media. We have challenges every month, get them involved! We want to help as many people as we can to get Fit & Happy.
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Disclaimer: Please check with your doctor and have it cleared before beginning any new exercise or diet program. I am not a doctor or registered dietician, my blog is opinion based and I do not claim to diagnose, treat, or cure any cause, condition or disease. All information provided is for informational purposes only; it is not medical advice and has not been approved by the FTC or FDA. Please always communicate with your doctor to make any decisions or changes regarding your health, as your doctor is the only one who knows what is right for you.