...Use the break as an excuse to sit around and do nothing
If you’re a hard-working adult with a full-time job, you probably kissed summer break, winter break, and pretty much every other break goodbye when you graduated college. You also probably revel in the chance to sit on the couch for 10 hours straight watching Stranger Things. (Long live Barb.) And who can blame you? “One day of not moving isn’t gonna hurt anybody,” Stoler says, but the holidays aren’t an excuse to put your physical activity on hold.
“We need to exercise for so many reasons. We need to move and do physical activity for so many reasons -- for our mental health, to help us sleep better, to help us process our food, to work on range of motion and strength, balance. There’s just so many reasons why we should always be moving,” she says.
Earlier this year, we dug into just how damaging sitting really is for you. That’s right, sitting for more than three hours a day leads to almost 4 percent of deaths worldwide. Now, sure, that’s extreme, but sitting for more than three hours a day increases your risk of all those scary fates like heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and depression, among others. So just watch TV while you’re doing these easy at-home ab workouts.
Stoler suggests these apt holiday season workouts for when you’re stuck slaving over a hot stove. “If you’re just in the kitchen, use some downtime between dishes to do some squats, do some lunges, do some pushups off the side of a counter. If you’re using heavy cans of stuff, put those in a bag and do some bicep pulls. Just really trying to use your large muscles and do things to keep yourself active.”