No matter what holiday you celebrate, there is no getting around it – the Holiday season is a busy time. Whether it’s buying presents for your loved ones or planning your next holiday gathering, it’s easy to let your fitness routine go out the window. Week 2 of our Hack the Holiday series is all about reminding you of the importance of moving your body – for both your physical and mental health.
Studies have shown that exercise can decrease stress and anxiety, while increasing energy, mood, brain function and memory. Sounds especially important during the busiest time of year, right? Incorporating physical activity into your schedule for the next few weeks will not only make you feel better from the inside out but also give you a head start on entering the new year on a (mentally and physically) strong note.
To make things easier, our in-house Health Coach and Pilates Instructor, Laura, has created a workout plan that outlines the basics for a well-rounded weekly exercise routine. This combination of cardio and strength training is guaranteed to make you feel like your strongest and healthiest self!
As always, do what you can – if you cannot get the full workout in, remember that some workout is better than none! She recommends setting your alarm and working out early – even if that means before the kids wake up! – to guarantee that you get your workout in and keep your evenings open 🙂 Even better – invite a friend or family member to join you…a little accountability goes a long way during this busy time!
SUNDAY – REST
MONDAY – 30 MINUTES STEADY CARDIO (ELLIPTICAL, RUNNING, TREADMILL, JUMP ROPE, JOGGING) + 15 MINUTES ABS + GLUTES
TUESDAY – 45 MINUTES MAT PILATES + 15 MINUTES HIIT
WEDNESDAY – 30 MINUTES HIIT + 20 MINUTE LOWER BODY
THURSDAY – REST
FRIDAY – 20 MINUTE UPPER BODY + 20 MINUTE LOWER BODY + 10 MINUTE HIIT
SATURDAY – 30 MINUTES STEADY CARDIO + 20 MINUTES ABS + ARMS
Hacking The Holidays Week 2: Prioritize Your (Fitness) Schedule is written by Emily Paulsen for www.drlanawellness.com