The Holidays are here and there’s something about these months that get us really excited. This time of year is filled with crisp weather, yummy food, football and family fun… it’s like magic is in the air. But it is also a tricky time for us to stay on track with health and fitness.
Later sunrises make sleeping in so much easier, and darker evenings make chilling on the couch so appealing. Meals start to bulk up and treats seem to be everywhere. Your typical gym routine might also start to feel dull. Here are a few ways to fight against falling back on health and fitness during the indulging Holiday Season.
Set New Fitness Goals: As the seasons start to change, so should your fitness routine. Re-think your workout plan and set some new goals. It can be as simple as adding in a group fitness class once a week or month. Maybe aim for adding 10 extra push-ups onto your workout. These new goals will help you get excited about working out.
Get Outside: The brisk weather makes it easier to take that hike or walk around the neighborhood. Ditch the treadmill for a run on the beach. Absorb the sights and smells of the outdoors.
Be Selective of Your Food Choices: Take advantage of seasonal fruits and vegetables to add variety to your palate. Cook your own meals so you know exactly what you’re putting into your body.
Get Enough Sleep, But Avoid Hitting Snooze: Learn to make the most out of your time by making yourself get out of bed as soon as you awake. Waking up on time can make a world of difference in not only getting to your workout, but on keeping you sharp throughout the day.
Set a Plan & Stick To It: Whether it’s packing your gym bag the night before, setting up a slow cooker meal before work or scheduling a workout with a friend, a plan will hold you accountable and is the best way to stick to routine.
These are just a few options to help you stay on track. While it is important to keep your spirits and motivation high, don’t forget to actually enjoy all that the Holidays has to offer.