7 Fitness Breaks You Can Do From Home – #6

6. Shoulder presses. Position your arms out to your sides in a goal post shape—with your hands up, elbows bent and palms facing forward. Slowly raise your arms until they’re straight but without locking your elbows…then lower your arms back down to the starting position. Repeat 10 times.

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7 Fitness Breaks You Can Do From Home – #5

5. Heel stands. Hold onto a wall or chair for support, raise your toes as high as you can so your weight is on your heels. Hold for a few seconds…then lower your toes back down. Repeat 10 times. If you want to add resistance, try doing it balanced on one heel at a time.
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7 Fitness Breaks You Can Do From Home – #4

4. Toe stands. These are great to do while you’re watching TV or talking on the phone because they don’t use much energy and won’t leave you out of breath during your conversation. If you need to, hold onto a wall or chair for support. Slowly rise up on your toes as high as you can go…then slowly lower back down. Repeat 10 times. You can do this exercise with both feet at the same time…or boost resistance by doing it balanced on one foot at a time.
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7 Fitness Breaks You Can Do From Home – #3

3. Lunges. Starting in the same position as for the body-weight squats, take a long step forward with either leg. Keep your forward knee in line with your forward foot, slowly lower your body until the forward knee forms a 90-degree angle. Rise back up to the starting position. Repeat 10 times. As you become stronger, consider wearing ankle weights…or using a resistance band. Also, you can improve your balance by doing the exercise without holding onto a wall or chair.
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7 Fitness Breaks You Can Do From Home – #2

2. Body-weight squats. Stand with your feet facing forward or turned just slightly out, a bit more than shoulder width apart, and your arms crossed over your chest. Keeping your back flat and your chest up, slowly bend your knees until your thighs are parallel to the floor…then rise back up to starting position. Repeat 10 times. If you can’t go down all the way until your thighs are parallel to the floor, that’s OK. Keep at it and as you get stronger, you’ll get closer to parallel.

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Tips for Staying Fit Throughout the Holidays

1. Get Outside. It’s hard not to do something physical once you’re out of doors.
2. Set a challenge. Even if you can’t get to your regular workout every day while traveling and visiting, can you do something each and every day?
3. Use Feet-First Sightseeing. If you’re traveling, get to know a neighborhood by walking around and exploring it.
4. Partner up. Partner up with someone you’re traveling with to make sure you both get in a workout.
5. Sign up for a race. Sign up for a race sometime after the holidays so you’re motivated to stay in shape during the holidays.
6. If the weather is terrible, look for a workout station, YouTube video or DVD.Try something entirely new, you may enjoy it.
7. Treat yourself to something new. Give yourself a new piece of workout clothing or workout gear, then use it during the holidays.
8. Start a family tradition. Establish some type of activity that the whole family can participate in and make it an annual event.
9. Do something you enjoyed doing in your childhood–sledding, a snowball fight, or ice skating. All of these can get your muscles moving and your heart pumping.
10. Find a great deal. Many gyms offer special deals during the holidays. Join up or take advantage of a free personal consultation about your fitness goals.
11. Dance! If a holiday party has good music, get up and dance!
12. Cruise the mall. Before you begin shopping in earnest, take a full lap of the mall.