Indoor Exercise for the Holidays

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Staying in shape during the holidays can be tough. People travel more, get out of their regular exercise routines, and let’s not forget all the delicious goodies! But fear not, FruitFans, the December Wellness Letter has some great tips on how to keep your metabolism working even on your days off.

First off, you don’t need to be in a gym to be working out. Here are some portable, indoor exercises to keep you moving, whether you’re at the office, an airport, or nestling beside a fire at Grandma’s house.

For your large leg muscle groups, try some wall-sits: standing with your back against a wall, lower yourself into a seated position, as if you had a chair underneath you, and hold this position as long as you can. Start by counting to 10 and see how long you can go. Then stand, shake, or stretch and repeat five to ten times. It’s just like a squat at the gym, but you can keep up a conversation with your relatives while you do it.

For upper body work, try a variation on the old-fashioned pushup: with your feet on the floor, place your hands on the edge of a kitchen counter-top and raise and lower your chest to the counter. These less-than-horizontal reps are great for light chest exercise and triceps. For shoulders, sit in a chair and raise your straightened arms to should height. Repeat until tired.

Above all, don’t get discouraged just because the holidays have put you off your routine. If you’re in the kitchen cooking up a big holiday meal and afraid there’s no time for a workout break, remember there’s natural weights all around you. Try a few bicep curls with the big cans of pumpkin pie filling, or lift that bag of potatoes over your head ten times before starting to peel. Anytime you move your body, you’re exercising whether you realize it or not. So have fun with it!

Curious about what influences your metabolic rate, which determines how many calories your body burns every day? Want tips on how to exercise safely in cold weather? Take a look at this month’s Wellness Letter. Click on the “Subscriber’s Corner,” and log in using this month’s FruitGuys password - Muscle.

-Jeff Koelemay

 

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