HEALTHY LIVING  |  11.8.18  |  by Gia Dolney

One of the first things that can get lost in the holiday shuffle is exercise and working out.  But it’s really important to stay on top of it and keep up winter exercise.  Once you add in mom life, kid life, work, and household, it really takes some determination to make it happen.  We get it.  However, you can make it happen with a little planning and discipline.  Here are some simple tips for getting in that winter exercise.

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Why Winter Exercise Matters

Besides staying in shape, winter exercise is a great stress reducer.  And with all the things you have to do during the holidays, we can use every stress reduction help we can get.

Also according to Harvard Medical School, exercise promotes good circulation, which allows the cells of your immune system to function better.  And while the research is still ongoing as to why exercise helps to boost your immune system, just suffice it to say that it helps!!  Anything to help avoid the cold and flu gets a big boost in our view.

How to Make Winter Exercise Happen

It’s one thing to realize that exercise would be great for you, but the real challenge is often in actually doing it.  Here are some tips and ideas that really work:

  • PLAN IT: plan dates and times a week or two in advance on your calendar.  If you don’t make the time, it will most definitely get eaten up with the busy holidays.
  • EXERCISE WITH A FRIEND: for some people, scheduling those days with a friend keeps you committed.
  • KEEP IT CLOSE TO HOME: this is more about controlling the time factor.  It lops of time when you have to drive to a gym and get settled there before you even get to exercising.  Yes, there’s let distractions and more equipment at the gym.  But, if you’re short on time, work out more at home.  Discipline is key here.  But perhaps work out three times at home and two times at the gym during the week — break it up to save you time and keep you going.
  • UTILIZE HIIT: That’s short for “high intensity interval training.”  You can get in a maintenance workout in as short as 7 minutes.   You can use an app for this, or YouTube videos.  A simple HIIT workout needs a chair you can step on and a yoga or exercise mat.

Here’s an HIIT example —