Exercise is an important part of living a healthy lifestyle and we all know that consistency is the key. However, that’s easier said than done, especially during the holiday season. We’re all busy this time of year and our workouts are often the casualty of holiday parties, extra errands that need to get done, and children’s extracurricular activities. And the idea of venturing outside in the cold to make the trek to the gym is enough to make you stay home on the couch with a nice, warm cup of hot cocoa.
But with all those yummy treats hiding in the pantry, we know deep down that exercise is a must. Here are a few tips to help stay motivated to get that heart pumping!
I met the inventor of the Slim Fit Board at a conference I was teaching at. A mom and daughter duo came up with this simple exercise invention. I spoke to to the mom on Thursday night and oh by the way, “I’ll be on Shark Tank tomorrow night” said the mom. Of course, she couldn’t say whether they got a deal but from what I saw of this board I would invest. I watched the show the following evening. Yes, they got a great deal! They both were awesome on the show – remember they were in the SHARK TANK. They also went to QVC to sell these! They’ve sold out but are getting some more in.
This board is a great way to:
and you can even get a full body workout. Check out there videos for complete instructions.
I’ve found this Simply Fit Board easy and convenient to do. It can’t be easily stored and is fun to do while watching TV. I usually keep mine under my sofa and then I can pull it out during commercials for a quick little exercise break. It can even be done in your slippers! Of course, if you’re planning on doing a full exercise routine, then I recommend wearing exercise clothing and exercise shoes.
If you don’t have a Simply Fit Board, here are some other ways to maintain your exercise…
1. Find a Workout Buddy. Make your workout a little more social and workout with a friend. Knowing that someone is at the gym waiting for you can be the motivation you need to get there. Bundle up and go for a walk with a friend. You’d be surprised how many calories you can burn just going on a brisk walk for 45 minutes to an hour.
2. Try Something New. It’s easy to get bored with the same old workout day after day. When we add something new to the mix, it’s suddenly more exciting to workout and we look forward to it. Try a class at your gym like spinning, yoga, pilates, etc. that you haven’t done before. That might be just the motivation you need to keep moving.
3. Find Time At Home. The gym isn’t the only place to fit in a workout. There are plenty of ways to do a quick workout at home during nap time or between carpool sessions. HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) workouts often don’t require any equipment other than your own body weight and you’ll still break a sweat. Here is a quick example:
Do each move for 1 minute, then rest for 30 seconds. Repeat the set as many times as you can for 30 minutes to an hour.
Squats (or altnerate with Sumo Squats)
Go to The 25 Best Body-Weight Exercises on PopSugar for direction in performing each exercise properly and for additional exercises to add into your routine.
4. Don’t Make It Time Consuming. You don’t have to put in 90 minutes at the gym to feel like you did something good for your body. If you only have time for a quick 30 minute workout in your living room, that is perfectly fine. The point is consistently working your body, sweating, and getting those endorphines flowing. You’ll feel better for it!
Here’s to a healthy, happy holiday!
I received Simply Fit Boards to try, but all opinions are my own. I would certainly recommend them!