There’s nothing quite like the holiday season to boost your spirits and bring you together with friends and family.
On the other hand, this time of year is also well known for diverting many people with the best of intentions from their usual routine… including their fitness regimen.
But don’t worry about it!
If you have big goals around fitness and exercise as the year comes to a close, there’s no need to stress — you can stick to your workout routine this holiday season and enjoy everything that the month of December has to offer.
It may take a little extra thought and planning, but we’re here to help you stay on track with your workouts for the rest of the year.
Check out these 8 tips for keeping up with your workout routine this holiday season.
Consider them our gift to you 🙂
1) Bring loved ones into the mix.
You may have a full house throughout the holidays. How fun! (Stressful, yes, but fun.)
Resist the urge to use your visiting friends and family members as a reason to skip your workout routine this holiday season. Instead, invite them to join you! If you’re feeling antsy to move your body, you probably aren’t the only one.
Your guests will probably feel just as grateful for a chance to work out with you as they do for all those cookies you made.
Grab your loved ones for a walk, treat them to a guest pass at your gym, or set up an impromptu yoga party featuring one of our bulldog online classes in your family room!
2) Get your workouts in early in the day.
Things get a little extra unpredictable come December. You may find yourself invited to a last-minute holiday party after work, committed to baking for an event at your kids’ school without much notice, or running to the mall to take advantage of a sale that you just heard about.
In order to stay ahead of these unexpected additions to your schedule, it’s best to become an early exerciser.
According to the Brookings Institute, a consistent exercise routine also has the added benefit of giving you more energy, so why not work out first thing in the morning so you’re ready and raring to go for all of your holiday to-dos?
By doing your workout routine this holiday season in the A.M., you’ll be more likely to actually get it done and you’ll be better positioned to do all the things.
Plus, you can accept all those last-minute party invitations and enjoy them with zero-guilt.
3) Take what you can get.
You might find yourself adopting an “all or nothing” attitude around exercise most of the time, but this mindset is bound to be counterproductive throughout the holidays.
If you put pressure on yourself to do an hour-long, full body workout four or five days a week between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, you’re probably only setting yourself up for frustration and disappointment. We’re just being real here.
Figure out what’s actually doable with your schedule during this season and embrace it. Squeeze in a yoga workout at home (our Bulldog Bites classes are all between 10 and 25 minutes long!), take a quick jog around the neighborhood, or try an arm workout with all the leftover canned food in your pantry.
Grabbing hold of these opportunities to exercise as much as possible is a key part of keeping up a successful workout routine this holiday season.
Just Remember: something is better than nothing.
4) Try some seasonal activities.
Celebrate the season by adding some seasonal exercise into your routine. If you live in a place with lots of winter weather, give skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing, or snowshoeing a try.
There’s only a short window of time every year when these activities are available, so step up to the challenge.
Switching up your workout routine is also good for your health and fitness levels, and embracing winter sports is a great way to do that.
Per ACE Fitness, varying your routine is important for preventing fitness boredom and avoiding a plateau. Trying something new may totally motivate you to get extra fit this holiday season!
5) Plan for workouts on the road.
If you’re road tripping or getting on a plane to visit family this holiday season, you might be feeling a little bit nervous about how you’ll be able to keep up with your workout schedule when you’re no longer in your home and in the swing of your usual routine.
But with a little planning, trust us — you’ve got this.
Spend time researching if the hotels you’re staying in have gyms or if there are fitness studios near where your loved ones live.
Remember that you can do bodyweight workouts anywhere or even try online yoga classes! Get your yoga flow on in your hotel room, bust out push-ups in your family’s basement, and keep up with your workout routine this holiday season.
6) Get your steps in!
When all else fails, it never hurts to add just a little extra movement to your day by upping that step count.
Park a little bit further from the stores while you’re doing your holiday shopping or suggest a quick walk between dinner and dessert when you get together to celebrate the season with family.
Even if you can’t get to the gym or do your usual full-body workout routine during the holidays, being intentional about how much you’re walking will at least make you feel like you’re staying active.
According to the Mayo Clinic,
It’s great to work toward a goal of 10,000 steps per day, but you should start by tracking how many steps you realistically take daily and then increasing that number little by little.
It’s all about baby steps! (See what we did there?)
7) Stay cozy by working out at home.
If your life is busy — and aren’t all of our lives busy? — it can be a challenge to get out of the house and to the gym or yoga studio pretty much any day of the year. But it’s even tougher during the holiday season.
Amid all the gift wrapping and cooking and hosting and Hallmark movie-watching, what’s a person to do?
There’s also the winter weather…
Shoutout to everyone out there already dealing with frigid temps, snow, wintry mixes, and everything in between. It’s hard to get motivated to work out during the holiday season when you also have to contend with those nasty conditions.
Planning for at home workouts is a great solution to this problem of scheduling and convenience. After all, it’s a lot harder to make excuses to skip your daily fitness when that fitness is happening right in the comfort of your own home.
There are plenty of workouts you can do at home during the holiday season, but we’re partial to yoga (duh). Many different online classes are available wherever you are, so grab your device and start streaming!
8) Don’t stress about missing a day (or even two!).
We want you to maintain your workout routine this holiday season, but we also want you to enjoy yourself.
If stressing about exercise is getting in the way of your holly jolly vibes, you might need to reconsider your priorities and dial down the intensity.
Stop worrying about missing a workout here or there. There’s nothing wrong with taking a day or two off so you can more fully embrace the celebrations happening around you. You’ll be right back to it come the new year!
Are you committed to your workout routine this holiday season?
Remember these 8 tips.
- Invite your loved ones to join you to exercise so that you can enjoy quality holiday time with them while also staying on top of your fitness goals.
- Plan your workouts for first thing in the morning to ensure that they actually get done and to help boost your energy for the long days of holiday merrymaking ahead.
- Stop with the “all or nothing” mindset and take whatever exercise you can get during this busy season. It’s okay if your workouts have to be shorter or a little less intense than usual.
- Celebrate the season with any wintry activities you have access to where you live. It’s good to switch up your workouts, anyway.
- Do a little extra planning ahead of any holiday travel so you can still get your movement in when you’re on the road.
- If all else fails, do some extra walking!
- Remove the obstacles of wintry weather and busy schedules by exercising at home (or anywhere else you happen to be).
- Don’t beat yourself up for missing a day or two of exercise. This is a season for celebrations, not guilt.
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