Disclaimer: As a Gone for a Run Ambassador, I received a complimentary virtual race entry. I am not being compensated financially. As always, all opinions are my own.
December always feels like one of the busiest months of the year to me. Every year, I look at my December calendar and wonder how it is possible that I’m able to squeeze as much into my calendar as I do, and still find time to work out. It definitely takes some prioritizing, as well as a lot of motivation, to help me stay focused on my fitness even in the midst of lots of other activities.
What are some ways that you can stay motivated to stay active during a busy holiday season?
1. Participate in a seasonal challenge.
Right now, I’m participating with some of my coworkers in our school district’s online fitness challenge. We’re tracking our daily steps, as well as our daily exercise. By having both in person and virtual support from others (we log into a portal in order to track what we’ve accomplished), its very easy to want to make sure that I’m staying as active as I can.
2. Join an online support group or community.
In addition to my regular blogging connections, I’m also a member of a small, fitness and blogging Facebook group, which is led by fellow blogger Courtney from Eat Pray Run DC. By being connected in a smaller group, its much easier for members to provide support and encouragement to one another.
3. Look ahead to your next big goal or challenge.
Much of my 2017 will be spent on training for my first marathon. Although I’m not currently “in training” for a race, I don’t want to stop running and working out and then have to start 100% back over when its come to officially start marathon training. I continuously remind myself of this whenever I try to talk myself out of working out.
4. Recognize that any working out is better than none at all.
Short on time? You want to work out, but you don’t have enough time to knock out that 10k you were hoping to complete? Head out for just a couple of miles instead of the original 6.2 miles that you had hoped to log. Anything is better than nothing.
5. Sign up for a virtual race.
Virtual races are a great source of motivation for pushing yourself out the door for some exercise. And who doesn’t like being rewarded with a prize at the end of a run?
The next virtual race that I’m participating in with Gone for a Run is the Catch Me If You Can 5k. Although this particular race is now sold out, there are others in their virtual race series that you can register for, including the 2017 Resolution Run 5k. All Gone for a Run virtual race entries include a race bib and a medal. Be sure to check out all of their virtual races.
QOTD: How do you keep yourself motivated to stay active during the holidays?