Focusing on your health shouldn’t stop because of the holidays. Just a few small changes can help you stay fit this holiday season.
Take the stairs: Annually in the United States, there are approximately 17,000 injuries related to escalators or elevators. Taking the stairs is good for cardiovascular health, strengthens muscles, and keeps you out of harm’s way compared to escalators and elevators.
Get active during commercial breaks: The average American adult sits for 6.5 hours a day. Get up and move around during commercial breaks to increase your activity level during the day. Walk a lap around your house, do some squats, or squeeze in a quick ab workout while you wait for your show to come back on.
Walk through airports: In the first half of 2022, nearly 900,000 flights in the United States were delayed, which is approximately 20% of all flights! Rather than getting frustrated, take the opportunity to get some steps in. Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport’s largest terminal is nearly one milelong, which is about 2,000 steps for the average person. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport’s longest indoor walking distance is 1.45 miles, and Hartsfield-Jackson in Atlanta is over two miles from the start of the domestic terminal to the international terminal.
Park farther away: Weather permitting, choose to park farther away from your destination to help you get more steps in.
Keep clean: The average person burns 170-300 calories per hour while cleaning house. Bonus: your house will be spotless when your in-laws show up unannounced.
Join a group: Making a commitment to a workout partner or fitness class can help keep you on track through the holiday season. Getting out of bed when it’s cold out can be hard but knowing someone is counting on you to show up at the gym can create the motivation you need during winter months.
Our Couch to 5K program begins Monday, 12/12! Keep accountable this winter and reach a new goal. Registration is open online.