...and the focus is on food and family, not working out.
Don’t let the holidays set back your fitness goals. With a little discipline and determination, you can stay on track and enjoy your traditions and time off.
Try these tips:
Power walk between errands.
Walk an extra block or lap while you’re shopping or walking to a friend’s house to drop off a card or gift.
Get the family moving.
Sometimes easier said than done; but instead of a board game or a movie, encourage your family to get up and move. Go for a walk, go roller or ice-skating, or just put on some music and dance around the living room.
Give yourself a present.
New workout clothes, new fitness equipment, a new fitness tracking device or a new gym membership might help you stay motivated when you’re tempted to take it easy. Look for holiday discounts and specials.
Start a new family tradition.
Many communities have holiday-themed walks or runs between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Sign up with family or a group of friends, and plan to do it again next year.
Keep workout clothes and shoes in your car.
If you’re always prepared, it’s easy to stop at a park, gym or walking track and fit in a workout on the go.
Go sightseeing on your feet.
If you’re traveling for the holidays, take a walking tour of nearby attractions and landmarks. Make sure you check the weather and dress appropriately.
Don’t get discouraged.
If you fall off the wagon and skip a workout or have an extra holiday cookie, chalk it up to being human and resolve to do better. Don’t let a little step back become a big backslide.
Make a plan now to fit in fitness — and enjoy a healthy holiday without missing out on the seasonal fun!