Christmas cookies come once a year; Thanksgiving feasts only last a couple hours; you only get a visit from Aunt Laura - and her sweet potato casserole - during the holidays.  A little indulgence never hurt anyone right?  I have a better idea: put on your favorite custom athletic  clothing like a Badger Short Sleeve Cotton Feel Performance T-Shirt and Gildan Dryblend Open Bottom Pocketed Sweatpants and open a bottle of red wine.  Instead of thinking “indulge” stay ahead of the bulge this holiday season by figuring out creative ways to keep in shape.


Go on a hike to Terminal B

Flight delayed? Take a brisk walk around the airport, says Monica Nelson, American Council on Exercise-certified personal trainer. Plus, your bag probably weighs a ton.


Stretch post-flight

After a long trip, your muscles tend to be tighter than ever. When you get to your gate, ward off lower-back soreness with a forward fold: Bend at the hips and fall forward, hugging your knees and rocking side to side, says Nelson.


Pack the right tools

Your best bet is a jump rope. "You burn the most calories per minute with jump rope than with any other cardio," says Nelson. Other feather-light options to toss in your bag: a TRX, resistance bands, and hand towels to use in place of sliders. And in a pinch, water bottles make decent hand weights.


Scope out the fitness scene

. Check out deals on fitness classes or just call around to a few studios and see if they're offering any one-time deals for first timers, says Nelson. Gyms are pretty much abandoned during these weeks, so your chances of finding something new and cheap are way higher. "You won't feel guilty about skipping a workout and you'll get to try a new class," says Nelson. "And chances are you'll want to get out of the house or hotel anyway!"


Go fast and hard with no equipment

Even if you don't pack a single fitness tool, you can get a crazy-good workout with simple bodyweight exercises. Just wake up a half hour before the family to do a few circuits. "This is the time do full body at high intensity," says Nelson. "You have no time and want to rev your metabolism, so make every minute count." Her simple circuit suggestion: do 100 jumping jacks (or four sets of 25 if you need to), 30-60 seconds of pushups, 30-60 seconds holding a plank, 30-60 seconds of lunges per leg, and 30-60 seconds of burpees. Then repeat two or three times.


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