You may be so busy during the holiday season that you’re finding it hard to get the 20 minutes of cardiovascular or core-strengthening exercise. It’s hard to stay trim during the holidays, what with all the sweet treats and hot chocolate. But don’t feel too sluggish. You can still get a workout going through your holiday preparations. However, with all the munching come the calories which, in turn, add to the pounds. So how does one burn those extra calories?
How To Burn Holiday Calories: Best Tips
- Sled and Shed: If winter weather conditions grant you snow this season, grab a sled and go shed some of those holiday pounds! Walking up the hill in heavy winter gear is sure to give you a great workout. Try running up the hills in between rides for a more intense burn.
- A festive cookie exchange at the office causes you to miss your yoga class, company’s coming tonight, and the house is a mess. Even cooking fires up the calorie furnace, says Griffiths, especially if you’re moving around the kitchen. So put on perky music and boogie down while you bake.
- Don’t let your spouse shovel the snow or hire someone to help. You don’t need no stinking help. Do it yourself and feel the burn!
- Stairs or any uphill climbs are a great way to fully engage your muscles and maximize the benefits of the outdoor elements, therefore allowing you to cut back on the time you spend in frigid temperatures.
- Snowball Fights: While pelting your friends and loved ones with soft powder may seem like a game for kids, it’s a great way to unleash your competitive spirit and work up a sweat running and hiding!
- Get down and play with those kiddos you haven’t seen in a while. You will make memories and burn calories at the same time.
- In a push-up position, lock your arms so they are straight, directly below your shoulders. Keep your body still in an elevated position for 20 seconds; repeat five times.
- Dancing at the holiday party? Burn it up, baby. The folks at Harvard Medical School say that a 125 pound person can burn about 165 calories during 30 minutes of dancing.
As you go through the rest of the holiday season, simply remember the math of calories in versus calories out. Happy holiday burn!