Even with the best of intentions, it's hard to keep your fitness routine on track over the holidays. There's travel, family gatherings, and more than enough tempting food at seemingly every place you go.
There are also ways to maintain your fitness level, no matter what time of the season or where you are, however.
And, remember, even short workouts are better than no workouts at all.
1. Create A Plan
You've probably already put a plan together for how you and your family are going to spend the holidays and there's no reason you can't add your workout routine to the same schedule. An example would be scheduling a quick morning fitness session when you know you'll be at a holiday gathering that night. Making your workout part of your daily planner - like any other appointment - will help you stay on track.
2. Do Short But Intense Workouts
When time is really tight, you can condense your longer workout into a 30-minute session that is equal parts lower body and upper body exercises. Start with a warmup routine of jogging in place or marching, then alternate sets of lower and body exercises with 10 to 20 repetitions per set. Repeat this routine two or three times and then add in a variety of abdominal crunches.
3. Pack With Exercise In Mind
If you're traveling away from home, pack whatever light piece of exercise equipment you can - such as bands and a jump rope, as well as a comfortable pair of walking shoes. Jumping rope is a great way to get intense cardio work and it can be done almost anywhere without taking much time. Or, you can try climbing flights of stairs instead.
4. Cut Yourself Some Slack
If you have to just 'maintain' over the holidays, so be it. If there's just no time to fit in a hard workout, then aim to take a walk around the block with your kids. Celebrate the small victories rather than getting down on yourself for not doing your typical workout. Keeping as active as time allows and maintaining your current fitness level will make it easier when you return to your regular workout schedule.
If you're at the mall for some holiday shopping, do a couple of window-shopping laps before you get started. Or, while a big holiday meal is cooking, take the time to do a short yoga workout or a few sets of squats and jumping jacks.
Working with a personal fitness trainer like Ralph Roberts can help keep you on track during the holiday season. Sign up for Ralph's Train For Results program and stick to your fitness all year round!
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