What’s In Your Fit Kit?
HERE ARE SOME EXPERT TIPS ON HOW TO STAY FIT DURING THE HOLIDAYS:
HAVE A PLAN TO STAY ON TRACK
You don’t have to fill notebooks with schedules and checklists; but it’s helpful to have a basic plan in mind. Sit down with your planner or calendar and make sure the holiday events are already filled in. Check to see when you’ll be traveling or when you have some especially busy days planned. Then pencil in your plan. Aim for at least three short workouts per week. If I plan five days a week (Monday through Friday), it’s more likely I’ll get in four that week.
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF SHORT WORKOUTS
Ah, the beauty of short workouts! They are short but powerful little packages of wellness and fitness all in one. How can I fit short workouts into my busy day? Walk the dog? While he or she is doing their business do lunges and then sprint one block, jog the next, repeat. Not only are you doing yourself a favor, but our four-legged friend needs exercise as well. Winning! Pack resistance bands in your luggage while traveling or keep in the car for impromptu workouts. Get a little workout everywhere you go. Keep moving!
DON’T DEPRIVE YOURSELF OF GOODIES
I don’t know about you, but if I think I can’t have something, then I really want it! The key is moderation. If you know you’re going to an event where goodies will be served, check your mindset at the door. Food is not your best friend or a way to meet emotional needs. Make sure you’re actually physically hungry before you eat and stop when you are full (not stuffed and miserable). Remember, buffet rhymes with away, stay away. Just because it says, “All you can eat!” does not mean, “Eat it all!” Also, don’t forget to hydrate yourself and keep hydrated throughout the day, every day.
MAINTENANCE IS EASIER THAN CATCHING UP
Just like cleaning the house, when you keep up a little every day, it’s easier than playing catch-up. Piles of laundry and dirty dishes in the sink and on the countertops are depressing, but a load of laundry here and a load in the dishwasher there keep chaos at bay. In the same way, three short workouts a week through the holidays surely beats throwing fitness to the winds and then regretting the pounds and inches in January. You might not lose a size but it sure beats gaining!
PLUG IN TO SUPPORT AND ACCOUNTABILITY
Find some ways to keep yourself accountable and on track through the holidays. Find a serious exercise buddy to help keep you accountable. Pack your gym bag at night so you are ready in the morning to hit the gym. Never miss a Monday workout! Start the week strong! The important thing is to not just give up and forget about exercise during the holidays. Imagine how good you’ll feel when you keep up with your consistency and at least maintain, instead of gaining. You’ll have more energy for all of your busy days.
By SHARON REID NASM CPT, Cyclestar
@CycleBar Fort Lauderdale