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The Best Workouts For The Holidays

The festive season can be a challenging time to stay on top of fitness and health goals however it doesn’t mean all of your hard work needs to go out the window. We asked Ben Lucas, Director of Flow Athletic, for his tips on the best workouts for the holidays.

By Ben Lucas, Director of Flow Athletic

Image: Ben Mack

The holidays are a great time to unwind, relax and try to stay away from the schedule that you usually keep throughout the year. While I have no doubt that many of you are going to be active at the beach and going for long walks on your break, the holidays can be challenging as we are often running around to family gatherings that involve a lot of food and perhaps alcohol. The consequence? Getting tired and exhausted fast which makes it hard to keep motivated.

Doing a quick burst of exercise can help you get those energy levels back up. Here are some of my tips.

1. Do a quick burst workout in the morning

Even if it is just for 5 minutes, do some star jumps, do some running on the spot or a series of push-ups just to try to get the energy flowing through your body so you are ready to take on a big day.

2. Have a big glass of water

First thing in the morning have a big glass of water to help you hydrate and make sure you keep up your water intake throughout the day.

3. Take a nap and exercise in-between meals

Take a nap if you can, but also try to do a little blast of exercise between meals, even if it is just 10 minutes to shake things ups. Try these exercise ideas:

1. A 10-minute brisk walk

2. Swimming (if you have access to a pool or the beach)

3. 10 minutes of skipping or running

Or try a mini circuit

10 star jumps

10 high knees

10 push ups

10 mountain climbers

10 sit ups

Repeat for 10 minutes.

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