The holidays are here, and for many of us this time of year is busier than ever. Between shopping, holiday events, and traveling, it’s not surprising that this is often the time when workouts fall to the wayside. So many people take an all or nothing approach to workouts this time of year. It may feel like if you can’t stick to your regular workout routine that it’s not worth doing anything, and you just plan to start an intense routine in the new year. A more effective approach is to learn to maintain and enjoy your workout routine during the holidays, and go into the new year feeling like you already have a good routine in place!
How to Maintain and Enjoy Your Workout Routine During the Holidays
Before I share some tips about how to maintain and enjoy your workouts during the holiday season, remember that if you have been training hard that it is important to take an off-season at some point. Maybe this is a good time to do that! An off-season can just consist of less mileage, easy runs, or more cross-training. If you just a ran a goal race consider taking a week or two off from running to give your body time to recover. You don’t need to feel like your need to run hard all year long!
Come up with a plan
Maybe your goal is to work out 3 or 4 days a week. Add your workouts to your calendar and decide when you will get them done. Maybe even have a back-up day in case something comes up.
Get it done early
Working out in the morning is a great way to prioritize workouts. When you get up early to work out, usually nothing will get in your way. This also works well when you’re traveling with family because you can get it done before everyone else even wakes up.
Make it fun
You are more likely to stick with your workout routine during the holidays if it is something you enjoy! So try to pick workouts that will be fun, whether its a group run, or workout class, or even just playing soccer with your kids for 30 minutes.
Sometimes it’s harder to get alone time during the holidays. We are spending time with family and friends, and kids have time off from school. So involve others in your workout! Take your kids for stroller runs or have them ride their bikes while you run. Or do an online workout together. Even just plan to go for a walk after dinner every night!
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Make it festive
There are lots of holiday races this time of year, and also holiday challenges. If getting in the holiday spirit will help you stay motivated, then go for it! Holiday events and challenges are a fun way to keep up your workout routine during the holidays while getting in the holiday spirit.
Many of us tend to spend more time indoors this time of year when it’s cold out. But getting outside for a few minutes is good for the body and the mind. So when you can, try to get some fresh air for your workouts. You will probably feel better after getting out there!
Or stay warm
If the weather is just unbearable, or even unsafe, stick to some indoor workouts. If you don’t have a gym there are plenty of workouts available online that you can do from home.
Try something new
This is a great time of year to try something new, especially if you are a runner who is taking an off-season. Maybe you want to experiment with some cross-training activities that you didn’t have time for throughout the year. You could also try some winter activities like skiing or ice-skating.
Set a goal to maintain your workouts during the holidays
Some of us are goal oriented and need something to work towards to keep us motivated. Maybe you can try to run a certain number of miles in December, or work out a certain number of days this month. Write down your goal and keep track of your progress!
Give yourself grace
This time of year is busy and can be stressful. If your workouts don’t happen, that’s ok! Don’t beat yourself up. A few weeks off won’t set you back from your long-term goals and could even be a nice break if you have been following a workout routine all year long.
Hopefully these tips will help you to stay on track this holidays season. Remember that it’s only a few weeks, so try not to stress about getting everything done. But also remember that workouts can help you deal with all the other stress this time of year!
Do you stick with your workout routine during the holidays?
What’s your favorite way to get some exercise in when it’s cold out?
Have you ever done a family race?
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