Take a WalkAerobic exercise is critical for maintaining our health and we all need at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise a week. This holiday, take a thirty-minute brisk walk with your friends and family each day. If you’re staying in a hotel room, walk the hallways in the morning or evening. If you’re staying with family, go take a walk around the neighborhood. Remember to wear appropriate shoes and to stay hydrated. Even though it is cold outside, you need to keep drinking water.
Push-UpsUsing your own body as resistance is always a great option for exercising; especially when gyms and equipment may not be readily available. Push-ups help you work and develop your core and pectoral muscles. There are a few types of push-ups that you can do depending on your experience.
If you are new to doing push-ups, we recommend starting with the wall push-up. To do a wall push-up, start by facing the wall with a straight back. Keep your feet comfortably apart. Then, with hands stretched out, lean against the wall. Make sure that you go slowly and bend your elbows while keeping your feet planted until your chin is next to the wall. Hold for a few seconds and then return yourself to your starting position. Be sure to keep your core muscles tight and contracted throughout the process.
Modified push-ups are for those who have more experience. Instead of facing a wall, get on your hands and knees. Once again, keep your core muscles tight throughout the process. Ensure that your hands are slightly wider than your shoulders, then lower yourself, just like the wall push-up until your chin reaches the floor. Then return to your starting position.
Once you are comfortable with the modified push-up, we suggest trying the standard push-up. Instead of placing your knees on the floor, get on your hands and use the tips of your feet to hold yourself up. As with the other push-ups, keep your core muscles tight throughout the process. Ensure that your hands are slightly wider than your shoulders, then lower yourself, just like the modified push-up until your chin reaches the floor. Then return to your starting position.