Holidays Make Working out Seem Impossible?

treadmillAre you finding it hard to workout this season? It seems like there is so much to do; parties, shopping for gifts, cooking, baking and whatnot all on top of the regular day-to-day things that need to be done. It can feel overwhelming and it seems easy to let working out slide.

But a workout can also be the thing that helps you relieve any stress and gives you energy. It seems crazy but working out boosts our energy levels and fills us with those much talked about endorphins. It definitely beats punching out a fellow shopper out over the last item on your list or the boss who gives you yet another year-end project.

I get that time is tight, I signed up for the Runners World Running Streak challenge where you run at least one mile every day. I figure on days I’m so busy I can’t think I can get a little break and some exercise in one shot. I feel compelled to do it because I announced I would do it and tweet my daily runs.

Running from Thanksgiving to New Year’s not your thing? No worries you can go for a brisk walk or do whatever exercise makes you happy. Days when you have more time you work out longer and on days when time is tight you do 10 minutes. I even put a quick circuit together for you; you don’t need equipment just sneakers & comfortable clothing.

  • Warm up with 1 minute of jogging in place
  • Perform 1 minute of jumping jacks
  • Perform 1 minute of squats
  • Perform 1 minute of push ups (regular or modified)
  • Perform 1 minute of mountain climbers
  • Repeat circuit

You can also check out FitSugar or Self magazine’s websites, they have plenty of 10 & 20 minute workouts for the time crunched.

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