Holiday fitness ideas

Thursday, 26 December 2013

Exercises to do during the holidays

Staying fit during your annual holiday doesn’t need to take up loads of your time or effort – try some of fitness expert Lisa Raleigh’s tips to stay active while having fun this holiday. 

Incidental exercise
Ten minutes of exercise three times a day is as powerful as 30 minutes all at once, and far easier to squeeze into a busy day. Monitor your steps for motivation – a pedometer will encourage you to reach the daily recommendation of 10 000 steps a day.

– Use your legs: SA holidays mean we are blessed with beautiful weather and time to kill. Walking is the best way to explore your environment.

– Skip the lift or cab and walk instead.

– Take advantage of stairs over lifts or escalators.

– Factor in extra time to walk to day-time destinations  you would normally drive to.

When shopping
– Use the mall as your training ground: December holidays often go hand-in-hand with shopping, so rack up some mileage at the mall.

– Save yourself some cash by parking in the free, outdoor parking bays and enjoy a longer walk to the entrance.

– Before you start your shopping, briskly walk the length of the mall. This gives you the opportunity to window shop and plan your shopping route, whilst sneaking in some cardio.

Meet up, don’t sit-down: Swap a sit-down lunch with a smoothie and walk in the park or hire a bike and take a ride along the beach instead. Time with friends doesn’t have to be sedentary! Nearby sports clubs are also a great way to enjoy social rounds of tennis or squash, and make ideal meeting spots for friends.

Transform family time into fitness time
Get fit at the beach: The beachfront not only makes a beautiful backdrop for swimming, beach cricket, Frisbee, cycling and running, it also supplies tons of equipment as well. Rent rollerblades, bikes and tandem bikes.

Turn your home into your playground: A garden and good weather is all it takes to keep the family active. Invest in a volleyball or badminton net for the garden, or a water-volleyball net for the pool. Stand-alone trampolines or basketball hoops also make great tools for exercise.

Take a hike: Hiking outdoors is a great activity for friends or family. Choose a scenic route, pack a picnic basket and aim for a specific, marked out destination, like a lagoon or waterfall. This will give you incentive to move and a view, without you even realizing you are exercising.

Take advantage of tourist attractions: There are plenty of novelty activities in your own neighbourhood that are often over-looked. Indoor rock climbing, ice-skating, ten-pin bowling or a day at the water park are great ways to keep active – and keep the kids entertained.

Get wet: Water-sports like surfing, body boarding and skiing make for a challenging workout, so take the plunge! Simpler activities like swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving are also great calories burners.

Lisa Raleigh
Fitness Trend Influencer, Wellness Activist, TV Personality, Author, Lifestyle and Wellness Expert / / / @LisaRaleighSA / LisaRaleighTV – Youtube

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Written by

Fitness and lifestyle expert, Lisa Raleigh, has been an exercise specialist for more than a decade. Known for her television roles as the winning team trainer on SA's The Biggest Loser, fitness guru on Michael Mol's Hello Doctor as well as the health and wellness consultant on SABC 3's daily morning show, Expresso, Lisa is fast becoming South Africa's unofficial face of wellness and healthy living.

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  1. Nickysam

    Great article. I will try some this holidays.

    4 years ago •

  1. Jeanine

    I enjoyed this article – I will try and incorporate some of these ideas into my time off this festive season.

    4 years ago •

  1. Pseudo_kate

    I think the easiest way to do a bit of exercise is to do a brisk walk for skip for a couple of minutes everyday. It really is better than nothing. I do a bit of yoga or stretching when I watch tv, it makes me feel like less of a couch potato.

    5 years ago •

  1. Sammy

    Great article i really need to tone my legs and other areas. It’s just how to is the problem

    5 years ago •

  1. foreverGLAM

    Hiking is so much fun. I really enjoy it.

    5 years ago •

  1. Cornelli

    Great article! Will be keeping it mind after all the eating hehe

    5 years ago •

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