You might be relieved to be avoiding all the IRL drama that can come with holiday family gatherings, but spending the cold winter months with your roommate and their cat can also be stressful in and of itself. No matter how you're spending this December, a quick workout can help you chill out during the holidays.
It doesn't take a lot of space to sweat out some stress, and you don't need that long, either. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, connecting to your body through even short bursts of exercise can chemically help your brain feel better and more relaxed. And even a few minutes of mental exercise through deep breathing can calm your nervous system and remind your body that no matter how stressful family can be, you'll be alright. Fortunately, even if your childhood bedroom seems smaller than you remember (or your current bedroom feels more claustrophobic than it did in March), you've probably got more than enough room to get in a solid, de-stressing workout.
If you've got 15 minutes before your roomie flips on the next episode of Nailed It! Holiday! , these three quick workouts can help you de-stress and enjoy your holiday just a little bit more.
Simone Samuels, personal training specialist, Superfit Hero sponsored athlete