Hope you’re having a great start to your week! I’ve been running around like a hot mess trying to get my life back in order after our weekend away and prepare for Christmas parties, so I’m letting my blog friend, Ashley (<—I knew I liked her right away from her name ), take over for today. She leads a fun life in San Francisco, and she’s very well educated and experienced in the world of fitness. I hope you enjoy what she has to share with you today. Head on over to check out her blog, A Lady Goes West, while you’re at it! I hope you have a wonderful day, and I’ll be back tomorrow!
First of all, I don’t want to confuse you. But I’m Ashley, and I’m also a BODYPUMP instructor and a healthy-living blogger.
I’m so excited to get a chance to introduce myself to you all here on My Food ‘N’ Fitness Diaries. You see, Ashley found my blog, A Lady Goes West, when she was looking into what it would be like to attend a BODYPUMP initial training. After a few comments here and there on each other’s sites, we became fast blog-friends, and I feel like I know her so well. But funny thing, we’ve never actually met in real life!
A little bit of background about me. I’m a personal trainer, Les Mills group fitness instructor and a writer. I started A Lady Goes West, when I moved with my husband from Florida to California about two years ago. We live in downtown San Francisco, and on A Lady Goes West, I write about fitness, food and all of the fun we have living in the City. (No kids yet!)
But today, because it’s the holiday season and nothing but temptations and days off are upon us, I thought I’d share a little motivation to keep you active. There are tons of posts all over the Interwebs about how to avoid indulgence at holiday parties, but I think the most important thing to remember is to keep on moving. And trust me, just like you, I’d rather lay around in my pajamas during a cold winter break, but I know from experience that movement is medicine.
Top five ways to stay active during the holidays
1. Take family walks. This might seem so simple, but you may have to be the instigator in your family. You could take a post-breakfast walk, a before-dinner walk and definitely an after-dinner walk around your neighborhood or town to get your blood flowing. When I visit my family in Florida, my Mom and I always go on walks together. Not only for the exercise, but also because it gives us a chance to chat with each other with no distractions. No TV, no phone, just conversation and movement.
2. Bring your laptop, and try a new short workout video. I always travel with my laptop, not only because I like to keep connected for my blog, but also because I can use my laptop in nearly any space to get in a short workout. I like to browse through the short POPSUGAR workouts and even YouTube for a few quick sessions I can do at home. Of course, you can also use you a tablet or anything with a monitor to view the workouts. For so many videos, all you need is your own bodyweight and a few square-feet of space, so you’ll be fine without any equipment.
3. Play a game. Do you have younger cousins or children who are always going outside to play? Maybe you can set up some good bonding time by heading outside to throw a ball around or play a game of tag. The activity that you do over the holidays doesn’t have to be categorized as exercise, it could just be plain old fun. (And if you live in a cold climate, you can either bundle up or move the games inside.) This is a good chance to incorporate your pets too, because you know dogs loving running around after anyone willing to participate.
4. Set a fitness date. If you’re visiting family or friends, what’s a better way to spend time with them then getting in a little sweat session? While I usually meet my friends for a glass of wine or a mug of coffee, sometimes I like to switch it up and invite them to hit the gym. Perhaps there’s a new group fitness class you’ve been wanting to try. Well, bring someone along and then grab something healthy to nibble on afterward. You may not be able to talk too much during class, but you can definitely swap stories before and after. And have you tried BODYPUMP yet?
5. Make everything more physical. If you go grocery shopping, try using a hand-basket instead of a cart to work your arms. Take the stairs rather than the escalator when you hit the mall. Avoid the moving walkway at the airport and march your way from terminal-to-terminal. Park your car far away from the entrance of the store, so you have to walk a longer way to the front door. Do some active chores around the house or even help out by doing some yard work. There are tons of ways to add some steps and activity to your daily routine, and the holiday season is the best time to do it.
There you have it. While I won’t be maintaining my usual schedule of teaching and taking group fitness classes over the holiday when I’m back in Southwest Florida visiting my family for the week, I will be walking, playing and doing plenty of short bodyweight sessions via my laptop in my pajamas.
Okay, folks. Most importantly, enjoy your holiday season. If you’re able to be with some loved ones, then soak up their company and don’t fret over getting in an official workout. A little bit of activity each day is all you need and if you take some of the tips from above, you may even have a little fun doing it.
Thanks for letting me stop in and share with you today. If you’d like to stay in touch with me for more fitness and fun posts throughout the year, feel free to follow me here:
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Have a wonderful rest of December! And go be active!
Questions of the day:
What’s one way you plan to be active over the holidays? Do you have a favorite outdoor game to play?