Holidays are busy, stressful, fun and daunting all at the same time. You don’t have to completely throw away your fitness and nutrition routines but by modifying them a bit for this stretch of time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, you can still stay on track and feel better for it come 2014.
• Be flexible when your days get busy. If you can’t make it to your gym, try to wake up a little earlier than usual or fit in a brisk walk with co-workers during work-day breaks.
• Combine exercising and family commitments, like sledding, snowshoeing and community activities such as fun runs being held during the holidays. Exercising together makes memories and keeps things fun.
• Improve your time management skills. Organize your day the evening before and prioritize your tasks, which will help you find time to exercise.
• Stay on your feet. After a big holiday meal, all you want to do is to flop on the couch to watch football but staying active after eating helps burn off calories. Help clear the dishes, go for a walk, play with the kids. Keep moving for 30 minutes after you eat, and your metabolism will keep burning.
Membership in the Schoolcraft College Fitness Center is open to the public. While membership is free for currently enrolled credit students, community members can become members for a one-time $35 registration fee and membership is only $25 a month. The Fitness Center offers a full-range of equipment and training services. For more information visit the Fitness Center area of the Schoolcraft College website.