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Why Is it Important to Continue Training During the Holidays?

Why is it important to continue training at Christmas and around the holidays? We'll take a look at this question in this article!
Why Is it Important to Continue Training During the Holidays?

Last update: 11 January, 2022

At Christmas time, we tend to be busier. We also tend to be more lenient with our lifestyle habits, especially when it comes to eating and exercising. Because of this, it’s important to continue training during the holidays.

The practice of physical exercise during these dates is decisive too to counteract those excesses that are usually had with food. In addition, among other things, it contributes to maintaining general well-being. In the next space, we address this issue in detail.

Why should I continue training during the holidays?

On the one hand, continuing to train at Christmas and during the holidays will help you not to lose part of what you’ve gained in terms of muscle mass, strength, agility, or flexibility, depending on what your goals are.

On the other hand, it allows you to burn part of the extra calories that you’ll probably consume during this time. It’s even a way to help us be more aware of the things we drink.

The benefits of continuing to train during the holidays

Taking into account the above, we’d like to take a look at the main benefits of continuing to train during Christmas.

Continue training, keep the habit

Healthy habits are generally difficult to establish and maintain. It takes time and perseverance to establish them. Similarly, they’re also very easy to abandon. If we stop exercising during almost the weeks of the holidays, it may take a long time for us to regain the habit.

We’ll have greater efficiency in our metabolic activity

One of the great benefits of exercise is that it activates the body’s metabolic activity. Thus, we not only burn calories while we train, but also afterward, even when we are resting. This is a great help to lose weight and burn the excess calories we consume during the celebrations!

It helps release the stress of the holiday season when we continue training

The benefits of continuing training during Christmas
Training during the holidays not only allows you to be in shape, but also reduces the stress of the holiday season. 

The holidays can cause stress and anxiety for many reasons, both for those who adore these days and those who don’t like them. However, continuing to train during the holidays can help to release this tension and, in fact, increase our overall feeling of well-being.

As exposed in this study published in Brain Blast Journal, exercising stimulates the release of serotonin and endorphins, known as the hormones of happiness. So, if you’re having problems finding your “holiday cheer,” containing your training may be the solution!

Tips to continue training during Christmas

Our routines almost inevitably change around Christmas time. Travel, having to stay at other relatives’ houses or festivities make it difficult to follow the usual rhythm of life. Still, there are some strategies to keep training over Christmas. We’ll talk about them in detail below.

Do 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercises a day

The practice of cardiovascular exercise is a way of training that allows us to stay active and enhance our body’s burning of calories. Best of all, you don’t have to have special machines or go to a specific place to practice it. It can be done both outdoors, at home, or in gyms.

Some interesting options are:

  • Riding a bicycle
  • Brisk walking or jogging
  • Jumping rope
  • Boxing
  • Cardio exercises in high-intensity interval training (HIIT) routines

Strength train at least three times a week

You don’t need to use machines to do strength training. It’s enough to use your own body weight to do exercises that allow you to work your whole body. With a basic routine of 10 to 20 minutes, it’s possible to keep your body in shape and take care of your muscle mass.

Overall, some options are as follows:

  • Squats
  • Push-ups
  • Sit-ups
  • Burpees
  • Abdominal exercises 
  • Calf work

Remember to stretch

Stretching exercises shouldn’t be missing from your training routine during the holidays. They’re ideal for mobilizing the joints and activating circulation, especially after spending a long time sitting or in the same position.

In addition, they help prepare the body for other more physically demanding activities. Some dynamic ways to do them are through routines like yoga or Pilates.

Avoid excess food and drink

Avoid excess food and drink during the holidays
The special dishes during these festivities do have a place in a part of a healthy diet, as long as you don’t overdo it. 

It’s true that special and highly caloric foods abound at Christmas time. Still, it’s important to have self-control and try to eat only what is necessary. Excess food affects body weight and can cause digestive discomfort.

The same happens with alcoholic beverages, which also have other harmful effects.

Exercise in company

Training with someone is always easier to maintain the habit and meet your goals. However, it doesn’t even have to be in person. We can meet someone at a specific time and share a training session via teleconference, or streaming, for example.

The essential thing is that this person is also committed to maintaining the habit and that they’ve enough willpower to become a support and not a drag.

At Christmas, we can continue training

Christmas shouldn’t become an excuse to put aside your healthy habits. Both physical exercise and a good diet allow you to enjoy these dates without compromising your health.

Of course, it’s also not about depriving yourself of celebrations and special dishes. You just have to spend a little time training and eat moderately!

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