How to stay fit over Christmas Break

By Leah Hinkey

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Prep for the first tourney of the New Year while enjoying the Holiday Break!

The holidays are my favorite time of year. Getting to travel, spending time with friends and family, making christmas cookies while watching Elf, and of course my fav- lots of pumpkin pie and hot choco!!

But is it possible to find some balance with all the delicious treats and family feasts? Wouldn’t it be nice to not feel like your going to puke all over the court during a coach on one after cramming 17 cookies in your mouth in one day over break? Or to be motivated enough to get out of your onesie and leave the fireplace to knock out a light 30 min workout?

It’s possible - the secret is everything in moderation. Try your hardest to pass on the second scoop of pumpkin pie (sounds impossible, I know) or skip out on the 2nd serving of sweet potato casserole.

Plan some fun, active activities to do with your friends and family. Christmas break is all about giving your body some much needed R&R, so mix it up and keep it light... your activities don’t have to be anything strenuous, just get your blood flowing.

  • Go for a light beach jog
  • Run up some snowy hills while sledding
  • Test out a moderate yoga class- I know yoga sounds scary but who knows you might end up liking it or you’ll hate it, but regardless you will walk out of the class feeling better.

If you do find a little extra motivation but still want to stay in your onesie, test out this at home (onesie friendly) workout:

No weights needed, grab a 10 lbs (+) weight if you are feeling extra motivated

Warm Up:

Jump Rope

  • Normal pace jump, 30 seconds

  • Right foot only, 30 seconds

  • Left foot only, 30 seconds

  • Double right, double left, 30 seconds

  • Fast as you can go, 30 seconds

Dynamic Stretches

  • Lunge w/ twist

  • Inch worm w/ push up

  • Walking pigeon

  • Side to side lunge

A. 4 x 8

Good Mornings

Lateral Lunge w/ press (10 lbs weight or med ball)

Kayak w/ overhead press (10 lbs weight or med ball)


B. 4 x 6

Squats

Squat jumps

30 sec plank hold

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C. Foam Roll

Quads

IT Bands

Glutes

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The club season starts quicker than we are ever prepared for after the holidays. Make sure to prep your body over break so you can start 2018 off with a bang and avoid a season opening injury!

Happy “activite” Holiday Break!