Staying Fit For The Fourth Of July!

Denise Austin
by Denise Austin | 

Fourth of July is in just a few days - and many of you may be attending some gatherings this weekend, so I am excited to share some staying fit for the fourth tips with you! I’m also so excited to spend quality time with family and dear friends... and to celebrate our wonderful country!

I love when people come up to me wherever I go and ask me health and fitness questions. Over the years, I’ve been asked every question in the book, from what’s the best way to tighten your tummy after 40, to tips on how to have younger looking skin, and, of course, everyone always asks me about what I eat. I am always happy to share my advice on health and fitness! You all are why I have stayed in this industry for so long... I love helping you and your stories and success mean so very much to me.

One of the questions I get over and over: “How do you stay fit during holiday breaks? And most importantly to this time of the year, how do you deal with all of the BBQs and parties?”

Fitness is a lifestyle and to make it yours, it requires a bit of extra juggling.  That's why I'm a big believer in just 30 minutes a day to squeeze in your workout.  It really will positively affect your health and well-being. So over any holiday break - including the Fourth of July - make it a point to set aside 30 minutes for a quick workout each day! Get it done in the morning and then focus on friends and family for the rest of the day. Or - one of my favorites - get everyone involved! Go for a group hike, power walk, bike ride, or organize a game of tennis or pickleball. Everyone will benefit! You can even do one of the 10-minute workouts available in my app! My Fourth of July Sale is going on right now, so sign up today and save 50% using code INDEPENDENCE50.

If you are extra overloaded, and working out for 30 minutes is stressing you out, you need to release yourself from the guilt! As a busy, working mom and wife, I totally get it! I've been there!! So just remember that even a little bit of exercise is better than nothing - take advantage of the time you DO have and squeeze in some movement. Baby steps can easily grow into a habit, so if you start with as little as 10 minutes each day and then gradually work up to that 30-minute goal, you will boost your energy, mood and keep you motivated!

Here are a few 10-minute workout ideas you can do over a holiday break (or anytime!) alone or with your friends and family! Don't let guests stand in your way of accomplishing your fitness goals, you got this!

Fourth Of July Fitness

  • A 10-minute morning walk. Make the coffee and grab whoever is up for a fast-paced walk around your neighborhood! If you have the time, double up and do it again - burn twice the calories!
  • Put on two songs and dance away! Choose something everyone will enjoy and then get moving!
  • March in place or even try some squats while you are getting ready in the morning.
  • A 10-minute walk up and down the stairs. For an added challenge, try skipping a step to tighten your tushie!
  • Or you can do one of the many 10-minute segments of low-impact cardio on my App! All my workouts are broken up into 10-minute segments so you can easily work some quick, focused exercise into your daily regimen. Start with some abs in the morning when you wake up, then do upper body after lunch, and maybe a 10-minute Barre toning or legs workout before you get ready for dinner. There are so many to choose from to get you started!
So there you go - some simple ways to keep getting your fitness in even over holiday breaks!

Now for food - one thing I make sure I do on Fourth of July is to have a little of everything so I don't feel deprived in enjoying the moment. Maybe I share that hamburger or hot dog so I can also have some sweet treats and not overdo it. I never eat less or skip meals leading up to a get together. Going into a gathering hungry will always cause you to eat more than you normally would! Enjoy your regular meals and maybe even grab a small, healthy snack before your gathering. I always make sure I eat lots of greens on the side also! I'll be making a big green salad and have lots of raw veggies on hand to snack on. If you balance out the healthy and the not-so-healthy, you will be sure to put yourself on a good path for a yummy holiday feast!

I hope you enjoy this wonderful weekend with friends, family and loved ones!

Let's live FIT, HAPPY and HEALTHY - together!!