Balance is one of the best ways to live a happy life.
At least five days a week, I run, do yoga, or lift weights. Also, I eat cheese, throw a massive Christmas cookie party each year, and love having two glasses of wine at lunch with my girlfriends. Waking up early, I get the difficult things checked off of my list first and then I love a long, lazy Sunday binge watching The Good Wife with a roaring fire and my puppies lounging on my lap. Staying healthy and fit allows me to enjoy life's pleasures and that’s why I make it a priority.
During the holidays, balance can be a challenge. Inside of one of my kitchen cabinets I keep a calendar. On it, I write down the exercise performed that day because “that which gets measured gets managed” and inevitably, November and December workouts dwindle. Between holiday parties and travel, guests in town, and the colder weather prompting hearty dinners and extra glasses of wine, I get tired and find excuses to NOT exercise.
This year, my good friend Ulla and I have made a commitment to stay on track. We created workout “cards” and every morning we pick one from the stack. It’s like a magician holding out a deck of cards; you pull one not knowing if it’s a Jack of Spades or Two of Hearts. The workout could be really challenging or lightly invigorating.
Since it’s the holidays and the scales might be tipping toward “party time,” I am sharing 12 Days of Workouts that can help you bring back some balance. My challenge to you is in the next 16 days (that’s how many are left people!), choose at least eight of the 12 workouts and give them a whirl. After a good sweat, I bet the cookies will taste sweeter and and that glass of wine more...well, it’ll taste like wine, but since you burned calories you can pour another! Happy holidays!
All workouts can be done with substitute “equipment”.
No hand weights or bar weights for rows or overhead press = large canned goods
No kettle bell= substitute squats or jump squats
No weighted ball for wall ball= use a soccer ball or basketball
No box for box jumps= use the step on your front stoop
No rings or pull up bar= sub push ups
No bench for dips= use a chair or the step in a flight of stairs
No bar for hanging leg raises= do 1 minute planks or 100 bicycle sit ups
(Time the workout and go as fast as you can)