Thanksgiving is over and with all of our unhealthy eating decisions behind us for that holiday, it’s time to kick it back into gear! Here are a few ways to help get you back on the path to healthy living, post-thanksgiving day feast.
Sometimes jumping right into a running routine after a solid week of bad food and couch-potatoing can be very intimidating, possibly even counterproductive. The holidays can be an awful time for keeping up with fitness routines – between holiday shopping, family visits, and stress eating, working out is often the last thing on anyone’s mind. Which also correlates to the fact that running may not be the best way to ease back into things. A regular or stationary bicycle allows you to increase your heart rate without disrupting your stomach. After a few minutes of easy riding to warm your body and get the blood flowing, you can increase the resistance of your stationary bike or increase the speed for a more challenging workout.
- Weight Training
As much as cardio is a very important aspect in working out so is weight training. It builds muscle, increases strength, boosts your metabolism and helps you gain bone density, among other positives. Weight lifting regulates insulin and lowers inflammation and with consistency, can fend off other types of disease.
An hour of steady paced walking can burn 300 calories. It is easy to do and can be done at a gym, in your neighborhood or even throughout a mall. Walking is simplest way to get back into a routine. Walking lowers your blood pressure and cholesterol, lowers your blood sugar, improves your mood (which might be good for your first week back into fitness) and decreases stress.
Running may be one of the best forms of exercise as it benefits your entire body. Running helps build strong bones, strengthens muscles, improves your cardio vascular well-being and with consistency helps you maintain a healthy weight. A good 30 minute run can burn 400 calories.
For those who are reading this list and feel like maybe biking, running and weight lifting isn’t for them there is still hope! If you aren’t a fan of those things, dancing is always a great and interactive way to stay in shape. Zumba, musical kick boxing, jazzercise, or even just dancing at home are all very fun and engaging ways that provide a healthy amount of cardio without the frustrations of a gym or treadmill. In 60 minutes you can burn 300 to 450 calories.