I’m the first to put my hands up and admit that come December my exercise regime has seriously left the building and gone 1 million miles in the wrong direction, but hey if you cant enjoy the parties, the eating, the drinking at this time of year then why bother being so good throughout the year?
BUT I don’t want the new year to start with a lull so here are some ‘not so obvious ways of exercising/working out that don’t necessarily feel like hard work….read them, use them, discard them, sample them…but don’t say I never shared them 🙂
JUMP ON A TRAMPOLINE
Probably the most fun and best all-round exercise you can do. You can literally bounce your fat off! Jumping exercises can tone your body, build core strength and shred calories just as effectively as running. It’s fun, effective, non-conventional, can be done with the kids…al you need is a trampoline!
A day out, great views and hills to work your core and legs (biggest muscle group) – so what could be better?! Its time away from TV, technology and gives you an appreciation of the great outdoors whilst working your body…..before you know it you will walk 5 miles!
If hiking is not your bag – try a brisk walk – even if its round the block and if you have a small block – 50 times round the block! Go for a brisk walk to do your Christmas shopping, or grab lunch on the go with a walk to a sandwich shop further away…It can be that hard!
I love rock climbing (but admittedly I’ve only done it twice). It’s one of the best arm/back/forearm workouts in existence, victory is sweet when you reach the top of that wall! If you follow the levels – you can challenge yourself as you get stronger/fitter/better.
All those nights out over the festive season must at some point include a bit of dancing! Working up a sweat with those dancing shoes may just be what you need to burn off those unwanted calories – but don’t cancel it out with junk food immediately after! Swing dancing, salsa, hip hop, zumba, tango, flamenco – take your pick!
There is a superhero in all of us – ever wanted to give that inner voice a go – give a martial arts class a whirl! Whether it’s Kung Fu, Muay Thai, Tae Kwon Do, Karate or Capoeira, there’s a martial art out there that will make you feel like a true fighter!
Build a standing desk
Face it many of you reading this will say – but i am too busy at work! So instead consider this…There is a strong correlation between sitting all day and an early grave. Why not fix your posture, strengthen your legs, and spend the day being more productive with a standing desk? Or work on your feet for as much of the day as possible and the fat will burn unnoticed – you can always measure this with your Fitbit/Applewatch or equivalent.
Stop meeting for coffee
Cancel the coffee meetings (hidden calories) and go for something active instead! Anything that gets you up and moving.
Ugh – the worst thing in my mind – but still had to be on the list! Is your house looking a little untidy? Well that means it’s time for the easiest form of exercise and that is cleaning! Hoover, scrub, get on your hands and knees and you are without knowing it squatting, stretching dancing, raising your heartbeat and de-cluttering at the same time! Turn up the music and have fun also…
Its fun, builds core strength and if its been a while – do against a wall to avoid any injuries! It will leave you sweating bullets after even a few minutes. Find a park, go do handstands, cartwheels, somersaults, and whatever else makes you feel young again.
Build flexibility, strength, and learn to relax. Great for posture – building your core and often less strenuous than an intense cardio workout but still with amazing results. There are million kinds of yoga, so sign up for a few different kinds and see which one lines up the best with what you’re looking for.
Play active video games
If you have a console with movement enabled remotes – e.g. Wii Tennis, Wii Fit, Just Dance on Xbox Kinect etc. Make a rule that you can only play while standing up. A gaming session with a purpose…get the family involved and everyone’s a winner…
Play on a playground
Obviously not when kids are around. Release that inner child in you! Go down the slide, swing across the monkey bars, climb the rope all, balance on the balance beam. Create an obstacle course for yourself and see how quickly you can get through it.
Play a musical instrument
Apparently playing the violin for an hour burns about as many calories as walking around a track at a moderate pace for an hour? It turns out, our brains can burn boatloads of calories too. So challenge your brain!
Ok I’m already exhausted thinking about all these – the general gist of it is to keep moving – think of activities that tie into your working day or days off that keep you and your family on the go whilst still having fun – then come the celebrations – you wont feel as guilty or pile on the pounds for the new year! Have a good one…
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all my readers!