Working out during the holidays

No need to wait until 2016 is over to get a little more pep in your step

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. Dec. 14, 2016/ Troy Media/ – Losing weight and going to the gym is many people’s number one resolution every New Year. However, there’s no need for you to wait until 2016 is over to get a little more pep in your step. Getting a head start on getting back in shape is a perfect fit for the holiday season, no matter how busy it is. Plus, there are a ton of benefits to hitting the gym. Look for a gym like [popup url=”http://www.fitness19.com/” height=”1000″ width=”1200″ scrollbars=”1″]Fitness19[/popup] that has plenty of equipment so you can make sure you get in and out as quickly as possible.

Stress reduction

Holidays are a time of stress. There’s a lot of joy and happiness, but there’s also a lot of stress. Whether it’s friends and family, or work, or trying to fit everything into a day that seems too short, it always seems to be something. Working out, even for just 20 minutes a day, [popup url=”https://www.troymedia.com/2016/09/22/benefits-exercise-mental-health/” height=”1000″ width=”1200″ scrollbars=”1″]can reduce stress[/popup] by causing your brain to release chemicals that will help smooth out the jagged edges. When you aren’t so stressed out about the holidays, you can take the time to enjoy them.

Keep the treats off your waistline

Another benefit of getting to the gym this holiday season is being proactive about the goodies that come with the holidays. Consider how many get-togethers and parties you’re headed to this time of the year. Even if it’s just Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, that’s still a lot of calories headed down your throat to land on your waist and hips. Exercising for 20 minutes, three times per week, will help boost your metabolism and keep unwanted pounds away.

Keeping motivated

One of the hardest parts of committing to working out is actually doing it a regular basis. It can be hard to find the motivation, especially when you don’t like the workouts you have to do. But remember that you don’t have to spend 20 minutes lifting huge weights all the time or 20 minutes sweating and gasping on a treadmill if you don’t want to. Learn to vary your workouts so that you don’t get bored.

If you aren’t sure [popup url=”http://www.womenshealthmag.com/fitness/changing-up-workouts-for-weight-loss” height=”1000″ width=”1200″ scrollbars=”1″]how to vary your workouts[/popup], most major gyms offer personal trainers who will provide motivation for those days when you just aren’t feeling it. In most cases, they are there as part of your gym membership so take advantage of them. They’re used to working with people of all ability levels. So whether you’ve been working out for a year and just need to ease back into things, or you’re brand new to the gym, they can help you improve yourself and reduce your risk of injury.

Heading to the gym during the holidays may seem nearly impossible, especially with how busy the season is. But remember that a visit need only take about a half hour, especially if you keep a gym bag in the trunk or back seat. You don’t have to shower at the gym or even change there. Change at work to avoid the bottleneck of trying to get a locker and you can pop in and out before you know it.

While it sometimes takes commitment and a little bit of planning, the end result will be a happier and more fit you, and that will be worth it.

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