As fitness professionals we know that our clients (and maybe even ourselves…) tend to lose motivation for staying active during the holidays. With the stresses (and joys) of holiday cards, shopping for gifts, baking and spending time with family it is easy for our clients to skip workouts.
You may not be able to combat this completely, but you can send them my top 7 ways to stay motivated during the holidays and hopefully that will help!
1 – Do Less:
It can be hard to find the time to get in your full workout, but if you tell yourself you’re only going to do 20 minutes, it will be a lot easier to stick with it. So, opt for a quick 15-30 minute express workout to keep your energy levels up and you won’t feel like you’ve got to start all over in the New Year.
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2 – Try Something New:
One way to stay motivated is by signing yourself up for a new activity or class you’ve never done before. It will give you something fun to look forward to. Maybe you always do spinning classes. Try a Bootcamp, Rowing or Muscle Strength class. Maybe you’re ready to try the Barre class that everyone has been raving about. Or, maybe it’s a great opportunity to register your family for a rock-climbing course. Perhaps you and your partner would enjoy signing up for a dance class.
3 – Workout With Your Friends & Family:
It’s easy to use “Family is in town” as an excuse to skip workouts, but try including them. Many gyms and training studios will allow you to bring in a friend for free – especially during the holidays. It can be a ton of fun and you’ll be more likely to stay on track!
4 – Head Outdoors:
Plan active outings with your friends and family. It can be as easy as going for a walk or hike, or maybe plan a snowshoe trek or Ski outing. The fresh air will be good for all of you and will be a great opportunity to try something new and adventurous.
5 – Just Move:
The reality is that you probably won’t have the time to exercise as much as usual, so focus on incorporating more ‘non-exercise’ movement. For example, go for a walk with your family and friends in the mall, take the stairs instead of the escalators, and park at the back of the lot. The little bits of extra activity will help you feel better and make up for the fact that you’re not adhering to your normal routine.
6 – Eat:
That seems like odd advice during the holidays! But, instead of focusing on what you shouldn’t be eating… focus on what you have to eat! Instead of forbidding any treats over the holidays, focus on drinking 8 glasses of water, consuming 5 vegetables and 3 fruits, eat breakfast, and consume 5 small meals/snacks each day. If you still have room for your favorite Christmas treat, go for it. But, eat it slowly and really enjoy the taste. By eating consistently and consuming a lot of the good stuff, you’ll feel so much better and will be more likely to stay motivated and less likely to over-indulge in the not-so-good choices.
7 – Sleep:
If you’re tired, stress appears worse than it is and you just won’t have the energy to do what you need to do. Solid sleep will definitely help maintain your motivation.
Yours in health, fitness & business,
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