Essential Fitness Kit for the Holiday Season
The holiday season can test the willpower of even the most dedicated fitness and healthy lifestyle enthusiast, thanks to disrupted daily routines, indulgent snacks for every occasion and, of course, the lure of the couch! But with the right essentials at hand to help you keep your shape and fitness goals on track, you can set yourself up for success. Here’s a roundup of everything you need to stay active and healthy during the holidays.
Calorie Tracking App: When it comes to controlling calorie intake, information and accountability are vital. That’s where free-to-use calorie tracking apps come into their own, particularly during the holidays when it’s easy to underestimate your calorie intake.
Activity Tracker: Wearable fitness devices are great for reminding and motivating you to stay active, especially if you set yourself a daily steps or exercise target.
Reflective Clothing: During colder, darker days, be sure to think visibility when exercising outdoors. Invest in exercise gear with reflective strips and consider a headtorch for running in poorly-lit areas.
New Running Shoes: Winter is a great time to invest in new running shoes with good tread. New styles and models are often released during the holiday season, which makes shopping for new shoes more fun.
Mini Resistance Bands: Stretchy bands in various resistance levels are inexpensive and portable exercise aids. Perfect for warming up hips, glutes, shoulders and back, use them in a full-body warm-up, or for a quick resistance-based routine.
New Music: Add some new, inspirational workout songs (or even new episodes of your favourite podcast) to your playlist for that extra motivation to get off the couch, run that next mile, or push through a challenging workout.
Wireless Headphones: Less time spent disentangling wires caught up in your cold weather layers means more time focused on your training session.
Foam Roller: Become your very own sport massage therapist with this helpful tool for stretching and easing tight muscles all over your body, pre- or post-workout. Great on hamstrings after another tough workout.
Skipping Rope: Good old-fashioned skipping warms you up and elevates your heart rate—just 10 minutes increases your core body temperature. It’s also effective as an interval-style workout if you can’t get to the gym.