It is an undeniable fact: The holidays are hectic. From shopping to cooking to hosting and traveling, there is a lot going on in a short period of time between the weeks before Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day. Add trying to train and stay fit into the mix and you may find yourself getting burned out quickly.
With just a little planning ahead, you can help ease the burden and make your workouts fit into the family fun. Here are a few things you can do to prepare yourself to keep on track with your fitness training throughout the holiday season:
Sign up for a holiday race. If you have a race scheduled, you are more likely to keep up at least some of your training schedule. There are great races that the whole family can take part in during the holidays, from Turkey Trots to Jingle Bell 5Ks and more.
Plan a few running/walking routes where you’ll be staying. Traveling can make it hard and you may not know the exact time you’ll be able to sneak out the door, however, if you have a route in mind ahead of time, it will make it much easier to sneak in a run/walk when everyone else takes that post-meal nap.
Organize a family football game or sledding day. Some of the best ways to get your workouts in during the holiday season don’t even have to feel like workouts! Organize a family football game and get your workout by running up and down the field (or yard). Snowing out your way? Get together for some sledding, and once you get downhill, race each other back up the hill. It’s a great way to get exercise in without it feeling like work.
Enlist a workout buddy. If you have relatives or friends coming into town who share your love of fitness, it is the perfect time to designate each other as accountability buddies. It will be easier for you both to sneak out if you’ve made a pact to workout together and you’ll still get to spend time with a family member (or friend) while burning off some extra calories.
Fill the holiday with ‘active’ presents. Another great way to keep moving throughout the season is to give—and receive—gifts that can be used outside or involve staying active. Give your kids basketballs, bikes, scooters, skates, etc. and head outside. Ask for that GPS watch you’ve been eyeing and take it out for a test run/walk. Give that someone special (even if it is you) gift certificates for a personal trainer and schedule your sessions – you are much more likely to get that workout in if you make an appointment and put it in your calendar.
And as always, if you need help during the holidays (or year round) with your fitness goals, we are here to help. Contact us at 770-330-2126 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Certified Personal Trainer, Fitness Nutritionist, Exercise Therapy Specialist
Bodyrich Fitness Company