To help avoid the weight gain many individuals experience over the holiday season, it is important to set realistic expectations and pair dietary moderation with a fitness plan. We recommend getting at least 30 minutes of physical activity, five times a week. If you can’t fit in 150 minutes of exercise each week, you can aim for 75 minutes of more intense workouts, like high-intensity interval training (HIIT). An example of HIIT would be incorporating sprints into your usual jogging routine.
Today’s biggest barrier to exercise is often time limitations. When it comes to exercise, every little bit counts. Because holiday schedules tend to get hectic, try incorporating full-body exercises into your routine, as these will help you get the most out of your workout. Some examples of full-body exercises include squat jumps, push-ups and lunges.
Maintaining a fitness routine is not just important during the holiday season; it’s imperative in gaining overall well-being. If you can start or maintain an exercise plan during the holiday season, you’re more likely to continue that plan and have an easier transition after the holidays. Cone Health understands the importance of proper diet and exercise, and is dedicated to educating the community about healthy lifestyle choices.
There are several resources throughout the community to help individuals get started on the track to a healthier lifestyle and safely begin an exercise program, such as the Lifestyle Fitness Center at Alamance Regional Medical Center. The Center’s team of credentialed exercise professionals can work with you and your primary care provider to develop a fitness plan tailored to your current health status and personal goals. For more information on the Fitness Center, you can call (336) 586-3562.
Seth Christopher is a health and fitness specialist at Cone Health. He received a Bachelor of Arts in exercise and sports science in 2012 and a Master of Science in health and exercise science from Wake Forest University in 2015. He is certified as a clinical exercise physiologist through the American College of Sports Medicine, and is also a certified ergonomics assessment specialist.