It’s the most wonderful time of the year and we all want to spend as much time with our friends and family. But let’s be honest, eating good food and enjoying a cocktail or two is also on the list. And while exercise may not be your top priority at this point in time, it can still help you stay healthy, avoid weight gain (and holiday hangover), and improve your mood. This post will give you some tips on how to stick to your workout plan during these hectic holidays when everything seems like an obstacle.
Make A Schedule
Making a schedule can help you stay on track during the holiday season. Decide which days you will work out and what time of day you will do it. This way, you can pencil it in your calendar just like any other appointment and you won’t forget or skip it. This will keep you organized and motivated. You’ll also be less likely to make excuses like “I don’t have time” or “It’s too cold outside.” Making a schedule will help you see working out as a priority and not a chore. Lastly, a schedule can help you in many other areas of your life as well.
Keeping it Casual
If you don’t have time to make a workout plan, going for a walk or jogging around your neighborhood is better than not working out at all. You can also do some bodyweight exercises at home. However, if you want to stick with a strict regime and always take the same route when jogging or running, this may be difficult during the holidays. Make sure that you are comfortable wearing layers of clothing so that you can remove them as needed based on how warm or cold it feels outside. You can also mix things up by taking different paths through neighborhoods or parks that are on your way home from work every day.
Work Out In The Morning
Working out in the morning is a great way to get your day started and it can help you stay on track. Not only will you have more energy throughout the day, but you’ll also be less likely to indulge in unhealthy foods later on. Working out in the morning can also provide you with a sense of accomplishment and make your day easier. If you’re not a morning person, try setting your alarm for earlier than usual so that you have time to work out before starting your day. You’ll be surprised how much better you will feel after that morning workout.
Get A Workout Buddy
Working out with a buddy can make things more fun and help you stay on track. Not only will you have someone to chat with, but you’ll also be less likely to bail on your plan if you know that your buddy is counting on you to show up. Plus, working out with someone can help keep you motivated and push you harder than if you were working out alone. Having a friend or family member can also help you create a schedule, which is always more effective when done with someone else. Working out will definitely be less of a chore and more enjoyable if you have a friend to do it with.
Dehydration is the enemy of any exercise plan, but it’s even more important during the holidays because of all those yummy winter cocktails and holiday wine pairings. Make sure that you drink plenty of water throughout the day and especially before and after your workout. If your family tends to gather for hours at a time in one room, bring a reusable bottle with you so that everyone can see how much you’re drinking. This way they’ll know that staying hydrated is important to you and that will increase their chances of offering you a glass or two – just make sure that you don’t overdo it!
If you do stick to your workout plan during the holidays, give yourself a pat on the back and a little reward. This could be something small like a new piece of clothing or jewelry, or something bigger like taking a day trip somewhere that you’ve been wanting to go. Just make sure that the reward is something that you’ll enjoy and won’t undo all your hard work. Rewarding yourself for your accomplishments will help keep you motivated and working towards your goals. Don’t forget your family and friends too! They’ll appreciate any baked goods or homemade presents you make them.
Join A Group Fitness Class
The holidays are a great time to join a group fitness class. You’ll have the opportunity to try something new, meet new people, and get in a good workout. Plus, group fitness classes can be really social and a lot of fun. You’ll be less likely to miss a class if you’ve paid for it and you don’t want to let down your instructor or classmates. There are classes for all different types of people and abilities, so you’re sure to find one that’s perfect for you.
Eat Well This Holiday Season
The holidays are a great time to eat some of your favorite comfort foods, but not everyone realizes that healthy food can also be comforting. Try eating some spicy chili or warm soup before you head out for a walk on a cold winter day. A hot meal will keep you nice and toasty and ready to face the elements. Plus, it’s important that you fuel your body right so that you’re able to work out as much as you need or want throughout the season. When it comes down to it, there’s no reason why you can’t stick with your workout plan during the holidays – just make sure that this time of year is enjoyable too!
Working out during the holidays can seem like a daunting task, but with these tips, it can be easy to stick to your routine. Make sure to find what works best for you and your schedule. The holidays are a time for celebration and relaxation – so don’t forget to take some time for yourself too. Happy Holidays!