Holiday Shopping Fitness: how to ensure you get all the holiday shopping done and still stay on top of your fitness program

You’ve got lots of holiday running around to do and you’re afraid that your actual running, or other fitness routine may go to the dogs with everything else on your plate!

Over the course of the coming month I’ll be bringing you a Holiday Survival Guide to keep you on top of the holidays feeling fit, motivated, and maybe not even dreading some of the less fun aspects of the holidays. For example you can now look at that long walk from the end of the mall parking lot as an opportunity to boost your fitness by making it a power walk.

Here are a few tips to maintaining fitness, health and sanity while holiday shopping:

1. Forget the valet, and parking spot stalking. Leave your car at the furthest end of the lot, where parking is far more available. Don’t even worry about looking for the closer spot… seriously just don’t, if you win the parking lottery then lucky you, but from a stress perspective it makes things easier if you don’t drive around “forever”. It’s also a better workout, and time efficient. Let’s face it, you could have walked around the whole mall parking lot how many times by the time you decide to take whatever spot you can get within a “close radius” by stalking some stranger to their car?!

2. Where’s your water bottle? Take water with you, don’t leave it to some big coffee chain to hydrate you and then somehow end up with a pumpkin spiced latte in your hand. Take water with you, drink it as the dry winter air, or crummy recycled mall air tries to parch you, rather than trying to undo the dehydration in a congested food court.

3. Take off your coat if you’re going to be inside for a while. Don’t wait until you feel like you’re wearing a furnace. In keeping with hydration, and also being mindful of regulating body temperature to keep yourself from unnecessarily challenging your immune system with all the hot-cold of the season.

4. Carry what you can. If you don’t need a shopping cart for your 3 items try carrying them. It will burn a few more calories, and more importantly you won’t lean on it, likely with poor posture.

5. Line workouts. Try engaging your lower abs or pelvic floor, if you’re less worried about what people think of you, you can also try calf raises, while waiting in lines. You can make a game out it, like seeing if you can hold until the next customer is served.

6. Plan for success. Put all your usual workouts in your calendar for the month of December. There may be a couple of days where you have to rearrange your rest days due to a holiday, or where you may have to do something different because your trainer wants a few days holiday too (I guarantee you they do!), and so do the facilitators of your running club, or your Zumba class. And you may have to miss a couple of them (but not more than a couple for someone as committed as you!), this is why you do a little bit extra during your holiday shopping. It also adds a little bit of fun to an otherwise busy task, and it keeps you feeling awesome are through the hectic season!

Start off this holiday season right! Join in celebration of CREATE’s first birthday December 4th. We have complimentary small group sessions, a party, prize and any profit generated from this awesomeness is going to our charity. Don’t miss it! RSVP Now!

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© Lisa Kingsley-Correia and Create Fitness Health and Wellness, 2014. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited.

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