By Carrie Dorr
As if modern life isn’t busy enough, throw in a couple major holidays within a month of each other, kids home from school, relatives visiting, work parties, healthy stuffing recipe Pinteresting, gingerbread house attempting, and well...it’s easy to see how our health gets bumped down on the priority list as the year comes to a close.
It may be unrealistic to think “I’m going to get in the best shape of my life right now”. If you’re there, by all means go for it, but a more realistic goal for most of us is maintenance through the holidays. Maintenance also means not slipping backwards and having to climb out of a large hole come January 1st.
There has been some groundbreaking new research this year on Exercise Guidelines and the findings behoove our holiday jam. The findings indicate that exercise does not have to be prolonged in order to be beneficial, it just has to be frequent.
Can we find 20 minutes? Seems doable right? OK, we’ve found 20 minutes, now what do we do?! I’ve always been an advocate of doing whatever form of exercise you enjoy because you are more likely to actually do it, but if I have 20 minutes, the below workout is what I’m doing! A mix of strength and cardio exercises utilizing weights. I find this combination to be the most effective way to get a full body workout in 20 minutes. The format goes: Strength. Cardio. Strength. Cardio. Strength. Enjoy!