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4 Quick Workouts for Your Busy Holiday Schedule

Quick Holiday Workouts | UPMC Health PlanIf your holiday schedule is anything like mine, it consists of being double- and triple-booked, running errands, attending parties, and trying to juggle everything in between. Fitting in a workout may not be at the top of the priority list, but it should be!

Even when you’re short on time, physical activity can help you reduce stress, boost your mood, and balance your sleeping patterns. You may especially need these benefits during the holiday season!

Fortunately, you don’t have to give up your workouts when you get busy. By increasing the intensity of your workouts and fitting them in where you can, you can maintain your fitness level, help prevent holiday weight gain, and still have time to tackle everything on your to-do list!

Here are my top tips for supercharging your workout when you have minimal time to spare:

  1. Body weight circuits are great when you are strapped for time because they can be done anywhere. All you need is a small area and at least 10 minutes.
    • Example:  Aim for 60 seconds at a time of exercises like squats, push-ups, lunges, tricep dips, sit-ups, burpees, supermans, and planks
  2. Intervals can provide an intense and challenging workout in a short amount of time. If you have access to a treadmill, try walking or running for a set amount of time then add in intense intervals. You can cover more distance and really feel great after!
    • Example:  Two-minute sprints with one-minute recovery repeated 10 times
  3. CrossFit type workouts can hit all areas on your workout list when you have little time to spare. One of my favorite CrossFit style workouts is an AMRAP which stands for as many rounds as possible. All you need to do is pick several exercises, a repetition goal set, and a desired time and work through as many rounds as possible.
    • Example:  Fifteen-minute set of .25 mile run, 10 kettlebell swings, five pushups, and 10 sit-ups
  4.  Add in variety by alternating several types of exercise in one session for a total body blast.
    • Example: Ten minutes on the treadmill, 10 minutes of strength, and 10 minutes of cycling

Don’t forget that a warm-up and cool-down are essential for all of your workouts. Just because a workout is shorter doesn’t mean you can skip this critical component. Have a healthy and fit holiday season!