Staying Healthy During the Holidays

Here are six tips for staying healthy during the holidays – and throughout the new year!

1. drink water – this tip is especially important if you’ll be drinking alcohol which dehydrates your system quickly.

2. sweat every day – even if it’s just for 20-30 minutes, getting active and breaking a sweat each day will help burn calories from those Christmas cookies.

3. eat fruits and veggies – it’s okay to indulge during the holidays, but don’t forget to each fruits and veggies as well that will fill you up and keep you feeling full.

4. wash your hands – so important for fighting off colds or the flu. I try to take an Emergen-C packet every other day or so to boost my immune system as well.

5. mix strength training and cardio – solely running can be a great workout, but adding weight lifting or body weight exercises raises your metabolism and keeps it working all day.

6. get enough sleep – your body needs rest to recover from workouts and holiday parties so try your best to get eight hours each night.

If you’re looking for a workout that requires no equipment and can be done quickly, then follow along with my Holiday HIIT Routine. HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training and is a great way to burn fat and build muscle in a short amount of time. This workout will take you about 15 minutes, but I promise you’ll work up a sweat!

Warm up with ten arm circles forward and ten back, followed by 25 jumping jacks, and you’ll be ready to begin the workout. Complete four sets of each of the six moves below for 20 seconds of work and ten seconds of rest. For example, do 20 seconds of plank jacks, rest for 10 seconds and repeat three more times. Then move on to the spiderman pushup for four sets of 20 seconds on-10 seconds off.

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