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How to stick to your exercise routine during the holiday season

How to stick to your exercise routine during the holiday season.

The holiday season is one of the most challenging times to stay motivated to be healthy and keep fit. Holidays have a high tendency to cause quite a bit of disruption to our everyday exercise routines and staying motivated to get into the gym can be a little more difficult.

So why is it so difficult to stay motivated on vacation? 

Well, during the holiday season it is much easier to find excuses, the food is tastier, and it is a hectic time of year. Between work, family, planning, and parties finding time for a gym session can be next to impossible. With the wintry weather and delicious food, many of us are tempted to spend our free time lying by the fire on a full stomach and chilling out with loved ones instead of going to the gym for a sweat session. The problem is that even if we enjoyed it at that time, we would soon regret it when the holidays are over.

Below are nine tips to help you stick to your workout routine during holidays

1. Plan Ahead

During busy vacation weeks (especially those that involve travel), look ahead and plan when and where you can get some exercise. Find out where you will work out, if it would be at a relative’s home, outdoors or in a hotel gym. That way, you can prepare yourself for what workout gear may or may not be available to you (and what equipment you may need to pack) and start the week with realistic expectations and the comfort of having a plan.

2. Schedule plans for your workouts

Studies have shown that planning your workouts increases the probability of completing them. To ensure that you workout, mark it in your phonebook or calendar, alongside business meetings and family gatherings.

3.Get up and get to work

Whether you have an office party or just a million errands to run after work, there are plenty of holiday events and things to do that threaten to derail your afternoon or evening workouts. Stretching your body in the morning ensures exercise is ticked off your list before more demands of this busy season get in the way. It also helps set the tone for a productive, stress-free day.

4. Pre-Game (With a Sweat Session)

Before you start getting ready for that bad sweater party or family dinner, set aside 15 minutes for a quick high-intensity interval training (HIIT), you can do anywhere to get your heart rate and energy up. Pick five movements such as jump squats, jack squats, mountain climbers, and pushups and go through three rounds of them, working for 45 seconds and resting for 15 seconds. In addition to going to your festivities with that post-workout effect, you’ll also reap the benefits of a fast metabolism. Due to the high-intensity nature of HIIT, your body continues to work hard to recover for hours after you finish your workout.

5. Travel with your training equipment

When you’re about to hit the road during the holiday season, take some simple training tools with you so you can get a little exercise wherever your trip takes you. Try to travel as much as possible with two long resistance bands and three small ring bands of different resistances. With just these bands, you can do a full-body workout, even in a small hotel room. 

6. Try a training app

Not sure what exercises to do when you’re in your grandmother’s basement or have more time than usual at the gym?  Don’t let uncertainty get in your way. There are a whole lot of great exercise apps and training programs online that can give you an expert workout program at the tip of your finger. Many platforms offer plenty of equipment-free workouts, too, so you can squeeze in good training anytime, anywhere, without having to overthink. Of course, I recommend the Flesh Tamers Fitness app.

7. Keep it fast

On days when a 45- or 60-minute workout could seem impossible, do a short-time exercise where you can sweat quickly for 15-20 minutes. There are a whole lot of benefits you can reap from a focused 20-minute workout. Plus, it’ll keep you consistent so you can get back to your usual routine when the holiday is over.

8. Make moving(walking) a habit

Time spent with family on vacation often involves a lot of food and treats, and perhaps less exercise than usual. Get the whole family to do some training (formal or informal). If you don’t have a kid (or dog) to take for a walk, you can get the whole family moving by signing up for a charity walk or turkey trot or reindeer Trot.

9. Make a Playlist to Get Yourself into the Workout Mind-Set

If your scheduled workout time is making you weary, put on one of your favorite songs to help you shift gears and motivate you to exercise. Once your energy and motivation increase, get to it.

Health Benefits of Exercise

Health Benefits of Exercise

Most men know that they need to exercise to burn calories and maintain weight to look their best. However, the benefits are more than superficial: being in good physical shape helps men live longer, reduces the risk of some diseases, improves their quality of life, and can even help maintain testosterone levels as they grow in age.

Staying active throughout your life is the most powerful way to keep fit and live long enough to enjoy your body and all the things you’ve worked for all your life.

It is nothing new now that exercise makes the heart and lungs work efficiently. According to many studies, exercise can help prevent diabetes in adults, reduce the risk of certain cancers, and even improve bone health. Physical activity also appears to help relieve depression in some people.

Below are ten health benefits you can get even with moderate regular exercise.

1. Reduces inflammation

Inflammation is an integral part of the body’s immune response. The body tries to heal itself after an injury. It’s a defense against viruses and bacteria; and helps repair damaged tissues. However, too much inflammation can be detrimental. A moderate exercise session has a cellular response that can help suppress inflammation in the body.

2. Helps to lower triglycerides in the body.

Triglycerides are the principal components of body fat in humans and other vertebrates. They are also very much present in the blood and allow the bidirectional transfer of blood glucose from the liver and are an essential component of human skin. Yet, increased triglyceride levels are associated with an increased risk of heart disease. Men who engage in moderate exercise have the lower triglyceride levels.

3. Lower risk of hypertension

As blood pressure rises, the risk of heart disease and stroke rises. Unfortunately, blood pressure levels generally increase as we age. Some health experts conducted several experiments on men within the age range of 18 to 30 years old. The study revealed that the more physically active the men on which this experiment was carried out, the lower the risk of them developing hypertension.

4. Lower Cholesterol

As we age, cholesterol levels begin to move in the wrong direction. Levels of bad cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein (LDL), gradually increases. Levels of good cholesterol in our body, known as high-density lipoprotein (HDL), begins to decrease. Unfortunately, the combination of high LDL and low HDL is one of the main risk factors for heart disease. Excess cholesterol builds up on the inner lining of blood vessels, causing heart attack and atherosclerosis. One of the best ways to keep low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels low is to exercise regularly.

5. Healthy blood vessels

Blood vessels in the body should be flexible enough to widen and narrow. Smoking, cholesterol build-up, and ageing tend to stiffen blood vessels, increasing the risk of a heart attack. In-depth research shows that physical training helps maintain the ability of blood vessels to open and contract in response to changing physical demands.

6. Lower risk of diabetes

If you are insulin resistant, exercise will make your insulin more effective.  That said, your insulin resistance decreases as you exercise, and your cells can use glucose more efficiently.  Exercise helps people with type 2 diabetes to avoid long-term complications, particularly heart problems. One diabetes expert found that exercise and weight loss programs reduced the risk of type 2 diabetes by up to 58% over three years.

7. Protection Against Colon Cancer

Although colon cancer is highly preventable, there are still several important risk factors that people cannot control. Knowing the category you fall into can help you understand your risk and take steps to reduce it. Experts say that about 80% of cases of colon cancer could be prevented. A healthier diet (with more fiber and whole grains) is part of the recipe.  But exercise is just as important as diet. Studies have shown that physical activity can reduce the risk of colon cancer by 30-40%.

8. Strong bones

Engaging in intense exercise can increase bone density, especially in the hips. Things like fast walking or jogging, and resistance exercises.  Going uphill or downhill will have an even more significant impact on your bones, and this can further improve bone health.

 9. Weight Loss

A lifetime of regular physical activity, even simple activities like a half-hour walk most days, can help keep your belly from bulging above your belt. Experts analyzed the habits of 10 men who lost more than 10% of their body weight and managed to maintain it for at least a year.  It was discovered that eight out of 10 of them reported increasing their exercise regimen.

10. Longer Life

A recent study found that men in their 70s who exercise regularly and who participate in recreational activities (jogging, skiing, swimming, playing ball, or gardening) were up to 21% less likely to develop cardiovascular disease or die from the disease during the study period.

How Much Exercise Do You Need to Get These Health Benefits?

The answer to the amount of exercise you need depends on your fitness goal. Burning about 1,000 extra calories per week during activities is likely to extend your life. A half-hour walk most days of the week is all you need to reduce the risk of colon cancer and diabetes significantly. But the more physical activities you can incorporate into your daily life, the healthier you will be.