We understand the holidays can be a stressful time. It's not just about staying on top of your workouts and nutrition, but also on top of your Christmas list, hosting holiday feasts, battling crowds everywhere you go, holiday work events, balancing the budget, making new years resolutions, etc. etc. So here are 8 fun ways to destress this holiday season that may help you shed a pound or two.
1. Yoga burn 160 calories
When we think of relaxation, the majority of us think of yoga. And there's a reason. As the ultimate relaxer, taking an hour to unwind will not only help you on a spiritual level but will also improve your flexibility and mobility. A 60 minute class will burn approximately 160 calories
2. Talk it out 120 calories + bonding time
Sometimes with stress, you just need a good old fashioned rant session. Grab a bud and go for a coffee break. Follow these tips to not break your macros over a single cup of coffee:
3. Meditation save 3,000 calories
The whole point of meditation is to escape, so what better way to deal with stress? If you're hesitant at first, there's great apps out there to introduce you to meditation if you've never tried it before, likeheadspace. We've personally tried these and they're great for the meditation newbie. You may not burn any extra calories, but you also won't stress eat 2 days worth of calories. We call that a win-win.
4. Sweat it out burn 300+ calories
If you're like me and can't stand the crowds that appear everywhere during the holidays, there's nothing that helps you de-stress like an intense workout. A boxing class at the gym might be the perfect way for you to blow off steam, build some strength and agility and burn around 300 calories for a 60 minute class.
What better way to de-stress than to unplug? Get into the holiday spirit with baking, crafts, baking, decorating ginger bread houses, etc.
6. Take a walking tour burn ~150 calories
De-stress by getting out of the house and taking a walk. Bundle up, grab the fam, and take a walking tour of your neighbourhood to see all the houses decorated for the holidays. A 45 minute walk will burn approximately 150 calories (maybe more if there's lots of snow and you're wearing heavy boots).
7. Give back bonus points with Santa
In the true spirit of giving, a great way to reduce your holiday anxiety is to give back. Find a local organization or event and spend an afternoon/a day/as much time as you can. You may not burn any calories, but you may earn bonus points with Santa.
8. Enjoy the weather burn 600+ calories
If you're in the northern latitudes and holiday stress comes with snow, you might as well get out there and enjoy it. Grab the family and head to a ski hill, or just a walk. 90 minutes of winter activities such as skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing, etc. will burn upwards of 600 calories.