It’s cold, you’re busy, 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.1 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. 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.
- 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.2
- 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.
- The Greatist. S Breene. 15 Surefire Strategies to Stay Fit from Thanksgiving to New Years. November 27, 2013. Accessed October 23, 2018.
- Active. S Lindberg. 14 Simple Ways to Stay Fit During the Holidays. Accessed October 23, 2018.