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The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is here and most of our schedules are packed in from sunrise to sunset. It can be tough to find the time for daily exercise, but it’s important to remember that as that holiday to-do list grows, our health doesn’t become any less of a priority!

Staying active will help reduce stress and tension.  Physical activity helps keep blood circulating, and increase energy levels too. We might be indulging a little more than usual at this time of year; some additional movement and simple workout plans can help mitigate the extra calories and keep the holly jolly pounds from funding their way to our waistline.

To add some hustle to your holiday bustle, try these tips to stay active this season:

Plan Ahead: If traveling, research walking trails, parks, and gyms near your location. Look into the hotel where you are staying to determine if a fitness center is available. Plan a fun activity with family that will get everyone up and moving.  Try to focus on simple workouts that don’t require much space and equipment. Early morning workout may also be ideal so it’s accomplished first thing. (It may be harder to get out of bed in the morning, but you’ll be happy you checked it off your list early – and you’ll have more energy during your day!) Bring a workout DVD and resistance bands with you if you are traveling. They are light and easy to pack.

Use Every Opportunity and Have Fun: Park farther away from your destination at the mall. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Blast some tempting tunes that will keep you motivated—searching your favorite music source for festive holiday music can really boost your motivation. If you are hanging with the kids—set up a game of tag, football or hide and seek.

Have A Workout Buddy: It always helps to have a family member, friend, or fellow workout partner to help hold each other accountable and stay motivated. If you are traveling out of town, call up an old friend to catch up while hitting the gym together!

Clean Your House: Bending, squatting, running up and down the stairs will get your heart rate up and help burn calories. If you want an extra challenge, add some ankle or wrist weights. You’ll be burning up a sweat in no time and feel accomplished when two tasks are accomplished at the same time—bring on the holiday guests and get togethers!

Don’t be too hard on yourself and remember, something is always better than nothing, especially during the busy holiday season.

Feeling Up to a Challenge? Grab a friend and try one of these fun holiday workouts!

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