How to Maintain Your Fitness Goals During the Holidays
Festive feasts, tasty snacks and Netflix binge sessions—the temptations are endless during the holidays. Plus, there is family to talk to, new and old places to visit, and plenty of things on your to-do list that I’m sure you are just aching to cross off. As much as you may hate to admit it, there’s almost always a lot that you want to get done during the holidays.
But wait, remember those fitness goals you have? You want to get in shape, stay in shape and eat healthy, right? As much as you may want to, the holidays are not the time to just throw those goals to the wayside. Actually, with all the more food and temptations, it is even more important for you to re-commit to your fitness goals.
Yes, it is a hard challenge in of itself to maintain fitness goals, but the holidays make it an even bigger challenge. Your family and friends will most likely be eating dessert after dessert and getting comfortable lounging in the living room. It will be up to you to stay strong or fall short when it comes to your fitness goals.
If you are committed to staying strong during the holidays, it can be a time to re-invigorate yourself and prove just how strong and fit you are, or even want to be.
Here’s how to maintain your fitness goals during the holidays:
For most, it is pretty important to spend time with family during the holidays. Let’s face it: family is going to be priority number one during this season of cheer. However, put your fitness as priority number two.
Make sure to get time in with family and then schedule in your workouts. Your body will thank you.
2. Reward yourself.
If you can’t help but drool over that pecan pie, let a small slice be your reward. Commit to a hard, brutal workout and then reward yourself.
A slice of pecan pie once or twice a year won’t hurt, right?
3. Don’t overdo it with the cheat days.
A lot of people have a cheat day: a day where they can have dessert, eat what they want, or skip their workout(s). During the holidays, the temptation will be a lot higher to make everyday cheat day. You can’t do that though. Cheat day cannot be every day. It’s called cheat day for a reason. Don’t cheat yourself. Stay loyal to your fitness goals. Having great health and a fit body will be a reward worth struggling for.
4. Get your friends and family in on the workouts.
Holidays often bring people together from all sorts of routines. Don’t let your fitness routine separate you. Invite your friends and family to with you. Even if they don’t join you, you will then have the peer pressure to live up to your word. You told them you were going to go for a run, so you should probably go, even if no one else feels inclined to exercise with you during the holidays.
5. Use your spare time to push yourself physically.
This won’t apply to everyone, but some people find themselves with more spare time during the holidays.
Use that spare time to do yoga for a little bit longer, run farther, lift more or do whatever you do to stay and/or get fit.
6. Invest in some portable workout gear.
It can be hard to work out if your favorite workout machines aren’t available in your holiday destination. There are easy solutions to this, though. One is going to a local gym, but that can get complicated. That’s why we suggest investing in some portable, lightweight workout gear. It’ll make working out during the holidays that much easier.
For example, here at Live Infinitely, we have resistance bands that make it super easy and convenient to get the workout you need.
For more fitness tips and ideas, don’t forget to come back here every week. We post content to inspire and improve your workouts and fitness goals.
Have a great start to your holiday celebrations! Do more than remember your fitness goals—work on them!
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