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Darien Y Helps Residents Enjoy Merriment In Moderation This Holiday Season

Jessica Van Sciver is the Director of Health and Wellness at the Darien YMCA.
Jessica Van Sciver is the Director of Health and Wellness at the Darien YMCA. Photo Credit: Contributed

DARIEN, Conn -- It’s the holidays and we are constantly rushing around buying gifts, making cookies, decorating the house, and attending holiday parties. Of course, the usual day-to-day homework, housework, and carpools to your kid’s activities can't be neglected either. With so much going on, who has time for a workout?

Here are some tips on how to squeeze that workout into each day and stay fit despite your crazy holiday schedule…

1: Book it.

Schedule your workouts in your calendar as if they were business meetings, or in this case, a meeting for your body and mind. We all need to start putting our health first, because if we aren’t healthy, how can we expect to be our best selves for those who need us?

2. Time is of the essence, and has always been, so take advantage of it.

Suddenly have a few minutes of free time? Don’t waste it by looking at Facebook, grab your gym bag and go! There was no time wasted and you got your workout in. Just remember, no one ever said “I regret that workout.”

3: Less time, more effort.

If you can’t exercise the 30-60 minutes recommended daily for adults, don’t worry. The reality is, your body starts burning fat as soon as you start exercising, and if you can’t fit in an hour-long session, a shorter intense workout is better than no workout at all. Try this intense workout when you’re crunched for time:

Complete 4-5 rounds of the following:

  • 25 squats
  • 20 sit-ups
  • 15 push-ups
  • 10 burpees

4: Leave the cookies for Santa

Fuel your body with good nutrients and plenty of water to perform your best throughout the day. Nutrition is just as important when you are working out less frequently as when you are workout out frequently. Keep your meals balanced with complex carbohydrates (fruits and veggies), lean protein and healthy fats (nuts, seeds and plant-based oils). Start sipping that water too; drink at least half your body weight in ounces for the day.

5: Count the benefits.

Exercise is not just about weight loss or maintaining a healthy body weight, thin body types need to exercise too. Take a look at the amazing benefits of exercise below:

  • Reduces your risk for cardiovascular disease
  • Reduces your risk for type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome
  • Reduces your risk of some cancer
  • Improves your mental health and mood
  • Increases your chance of living longer
  • Strengthens your bones and muscles
  • Improves balance and prevents falls

Follow this advice throughout the holiday season and you should be ahead of the game when New Year’s resolution time comes around!