Building a Holiday Workout Game Plan

Most people would argue that the holiday season is often the biggest culprit for derailing their fitness and healthy eating routine, and it's easy to see how! It's not our style to tell you what foods to avoid at family gatherings and put a complete damper on your holiday plans--hello, this is part of why we strive to be active in the 1st place--but we will give you some tips on building a reasonable workout plan to get you through the festive season!

Re-visit your short term goals.

When fitness is part of your healthy lifestyle, this is always going to be an ongoing process. Many confuse a fitness challenge or a specific fitness goal with what would be expected of short term fitness goals (say training for a 5k, losing x amount of weight in x amount of time, etc.) and as a result, get burned out really quickly and feel defeated. The reality is that having a fitness lifestyle involves lots of planning and different short term goals to meet where you are in that specific period of time.

For example, you may be working out 4-5 days per week most of the year and find that due to holiday activities that you're not able to get all of those in. It's ok to scale this back to a minimum of 3 workouts per week during the holiday months where you're breaking a good sweat getting your heart pumping. You can revisit these goals after the season and right in time for those New Year, New Me resolutions!

Change up how you get your exercise.

You can combine your family time with exercise! Walk around the neighborhood or a nearby park with your family after Thanksgiving dinner or challenge them to a fun game like kickball, basketball--you get the picture. You don't have to explicitly announce that you're getting in your workout this way, but you'll know, and it counts! You can also squeeze in walks during your lunch break, in the mornings, or take some extra laps around your home or office throughout the day.

Strive for balance.

Building memories, laughter, eating good food, and enjoying family are all important to our health too--it makes our soul happy! Don't lose perspective on the big picture of a healthy, happy life. We're not promised tomorrow, so do your best each day to make healthy choices and find balance in it all. We wish you all a wonderful holiday season and are here for you every step of the way with fun live-stream workouts whenever your busy schedule allows!

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