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Make Exercise FUN During the Holidays!

[fa icon="calendar"] Dec 7, 2018 4:47:07 PM / by Lance Bennett

Lance Bennett

ExerciseDuringHolidays2018The holidays are here, the time of the year we tend to find less time for exercise while consuming more calories throughout the day. Some health experts say the average person gains more than 5 pounds during the holiday season -- meaning -- with every passing January and February it requires more exercise and dieting than the year before. But it doesn't have to be this way! Move more than you might normally during the holidays with a few non-conventional exercise tips from AGS.
1. How's the weather?  For those with early snow accumulation, take the time to clear the driveway, sidewalks, and decks by hand -- meaning a shovel and good 'ol muscles! Not only will it keep you and the family safer, snow removal can burn almost 700 calories per hour! Just don't over do it, you can accelerate your heart fairly quickly and get overheated. Dress in layers!
2. DON'T go commercial free!  Make it a point during every commercial break during your TV viewing time, especially long football games, to get out of your seat...and at least stand and stretch, if not walk around the house. Even a 30-second commercial break can provide enough time to engage in some quick body-weight squats, pushups, or extra lifts with a toddler to burn a few more calories. Use the longer breaks at half-time to take a walk around the block with the kids or the family pet. This will not only get you some exercise, but keep you away from another trip to the kitchen for another helping of chips-n-dip.
3. Increase your water intake.  As you consume more adult beverages and rich foods, you will need more water to stay hydrated and process that extra food properly. It will also help you feel more full than normal, which hopefully will help you eat less and avoid being overly sluggish.  
4. Decorate!  Moving the holiday decorations to and from the yard, hanging holiday lights both inside and outside can provide hours of activity depending on your level of holiday spirit. Stay active and increase your holiday cheer at the same time.   
5. Seasonal activities can be fun.  As the weather turns, activities that may not be available at other times of the year can now be an option. Snow skiing (especially X-country), snowshoeing, sledding, snow tubing, snowmobiling, and ice skating could provide a new twist that will bring more excitement to breaking a sweat. Living in the Southwest, this is the perfect time of year where hiking and other outdoor sports and activities can now be performed all day long. Take advantage of what you is available to you and make it fun.
6. Work as a team!  With all the extra time spent with friends and family, try to organize some group activities for increased exercise and fun. Team games and challenges, relay races, family hikes and day-trips can bring loved ones together while keeping activity levels high.
Keeping active during the month of December will help kick off 2019 on the right path by keeping your body happy and healthy! It does take a little extra planning so be proactive.   Make your holiday season an active one! 



Want to learn more about what your DNA tells you about which exercise is best for you? An AGS Health & Wellness Genetic test is the perfect present for everyone on your list this year. Each test provides the individual with actionable information about their unique genetic makeup, which then enables them to better progress towards their fitness goals and achieve optimal health. Click here to learn about the two test versions we currently offer at two different price points that will fit your budget.


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Lance Bennett

Written by Lance Bennett

Lance Bennett is the Co-Founder of Advanced Genomic Solutions. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and former US Army Intelligence Officer. He has nearly 20 years experience in the biotechnology and genetics sector.

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