Quick Tips for Staying Healthy During Holiday Travels

Denise Austin by Denise Austin | December 21, 2016 | Workouts

Stay Healthy During Holidays

Hi everyone! Here are some quick tips to stay healthy during holidays.

Happy holidays! I hope you all are soaking up your time with family and friends—whether you’re in for a white Christmas or a something a little warmer. I’m writing to you all while spending the holidays in the sun and sand with my family in Anguilla.

I know many of you might be spending the holidays away from home as well, but that doesn’t have to mean sacrificing your healthy habits. You’ve been working hard all year long, so now is not the time to give up!

How to Stay Healthy During Holidays Travels

Follow these tips to help you stay healthy during holidays — no matter where you are!

1. Take advantage of your surroundings.

So, you don’t have your workout equipment handy or your regular gym nearby. That doesn’t mean you can’t get your workouts in! If it’s not too cold where you are, then get outside and get active! Invite your family to join you on a hike through the mountains or a walk along the beach.

2. Try a no-equipment workout or use household objects.

Prefer to stay inside? There are plenty of workouts you can do with no equipment at all. With my 5-Minute Cardio Blast, you can get a quick energy boost in just five minutes with a few simple exercises. Repeat the movements for one minute per exercise.

Jump Start for Energy

  1. Stand up straight with your legs together and arms at your side.
  2. Jump out and forward, landing in a squat with your feet wider than hip-width apart.
  3. Jump up and back to your starting position.

Front Kick/Lunge Back

  1. Stand up straight and kick your right leg out in front of you. Reach your left arm toward your leg and tighten your abs.
  2. Lunge your right leg back straight behind you as you bend your left knee. Place your left hand on your left thigh for balance. Do this for 30 seconds, then switch legs and repeat.
  3. For an extra challenge, touch your fingertips to the floor on your lunges.

Football Drill/Quick Feet

  1. Stand tall with your feet wider than hip-width apart. Bend your knees and sit back into a wide squat. Bend your arms in front of your chest as if holding a small ball.
  2. Raise your right foot about an inch and bring your right knee up from the floor. Then lower your right foot and repeat with your left foot.
  3. Alternate feet as quickly as you can, keeping your abs tight and your back strong.

Ski Jumps

  1. Stand tall with your feet together and your arms by your sides.
  2. Sit back into a squat to the right side, keeping your back straight and your abs pulled in.
  3. From the side ski squat, jump into the air using your arms.
  4. As you land to the left side, bend your knees softly to minimize impact, Continue to jump from side to side.

Mountain Climbers

  1. Begin in a plank position, balancing on your hands and your toes. Keep your back straight and your abs pulled in so you form one long line with your body.
  2. Quickly bring your right knee forward, then quickly straighten it out behind you.
  3. Repeat with your left knee. Keep pumping, with your knees alternating as quickly as you can.

3. Don’t forget your fruits and veggies!

It can be so tempting to fill up on sweets and treats when you’re surrounded by them, but overindulging isn’t worth it! I definitely encourage you to enjoy your favorite foods and drinks, but do so in moderation. For the most part, you should be eating the same types of foods you’d be eating if you were at home.

 

I hope you all have a safe, happy, and healthy holiday season!

Be well and keep moving,
Denise

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