As we start to wrap up in front of the fire, guzzle on hot chocolate, and lounge on the sofa in front of the telly, physical activity can often fall to the wayside. It’s to be expected at this time of year - but there’s no reason we shouldn’t inject small, manageable forms of exercise into our daily routine this Christmas. At Lifedock, we believe that physical activity should be accessible and achievable for all age groups, shapes, sizes and abilities. So we’ve whipped up 5 ways that you can stay active this Christmas, the easy way!
This trick kills two birds with one stone. General tidying and cleaning can range from a mild to a more intense form of exercise, depending on your ability. So if you’ve been putting off sorting out those boxes in the attic, rearranging the furniture, or even vacuuming, now is the time! Get yourself moving and have a tidy home all in one - winner!
If you’re like me then you’ve probably left at least some of your Christmas shopping to the last minute. A nifty way to incorporate exercise into your day while still being productive around Christmas is to walk to the shops. Do you have a shop nearby that sells even some of the items you need for Christmas? Consider walking there rather than taking the car. This way, you can get your steps, enjoy the fresh air and get your Christmas essentials!
On the topic of Christmas shopping, we all know what these vast megastores are like. Big crowds, long queues and an easy excuse to take the lift or escalator. An easy way to be proactive with your fitness at this time is to take the stairs. Moving up and down stairs works your leg muscles and gets your blood pumping.
Are you spending a lot of time in front of the TV at the minute? I don’t blame you! However, there are still ways to get exercise into your day while enjoying this bit of downtime. I recommend using the ad breaks as an excuse to get up, move around, and do a few exercises. A typical ad break last around 4 minutes. In this time, you could get in 10 lunges, 10 press-ups or practice some Chair-Based Exercise or Tai Chi, if this suits your style. 4 minutes is loads of time to get your heart rate up and be back down to enjoy the rest of your favourite Netflix show.
Who doesn’t love a Winter walk? While we might not be seeing any snow this year, a brisk walk in the park with the dogs, friends, or solo is the perfect way to keep yourself active. Set yourself an achievable goal and stick to it. We guarantee you’ll feel a million times better afterwards!
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