Believe it or not, the holiday season is upon us. I’ll be kicking off the holiday season tomorrow by hosting almost 20 people at our house for Friendsgiving. Then Thanksgiving is next week. And then before I know it Christmas and New Year’s will also be here.
There’s no denying that this time of the year is one of the busiest periods of the entire calendar year. There’s a flurry of activity as we each try to spend time with friends and family. But just because you’re busy doesn’t mean that you can afford to let fitness go to the wayside. Although you may not have the time to workout for as long as you’d like to, its still important to stay active for both your physical and mental health during what can be a very stressful time of the year.
So what can you do to help make sure that continuing to exercise remains a part of your schedule during the busy holiday season?
1. Schedule your workouts and pencil them into your calendar. You’re more likely to exercise if you plan ahead when you’ll work out. Even if holiday activities require you to modify your normal exercise routine and schedule, planning time for your workouts in advance will help ensure that you’re still able to get your sweat on.
2. Recognize that any working out is better than none at all. With a lot of extra activity going on, it might be difficult to keep up with your regular exercise schedule. However, a shorter than usual workout is better than not being able to workout altogether. And getting your body and mind will thank you for stepping away from the flurry of activity to focus on yourself for a short period of time.
3. Find like minded people to help support you, and help support them. Whether its an online challenge group or a friend of family member, there is always strength in numbers. Finding at least one person to help hold you accountable will increase the likelihood that you’ll keep up with your workouts.
4. If you usually work out in the afternoon and/or evening try to shift some of your workouts to the morning. Because of work, I fall into this category, however, I also recognize that the majority of holiday events occur in the afternoons and/or evenings. On those days, I plan to get my workout in in the morning, and then I won’t have to worry about remembering to make time for it later in the day.
5. Don’t be too hard on yourself if you miss a workout. Its bound to happen at this time of the year. Missing a workout here and there isn’t the end of the world, and isn’t going to have a huge impact on your health overall. Just make it a priority to not miss multiple workouts in a row.
QOTD: What tips do you have for keeping up with your fitness during the holidays?
Looking for some more tips for staying active and healthy during the holidays? Check out some of my previous posts for more ideas and suggestions.