Keep Things In Perspective
Adjust fitness goals
‘Tis the season to be jolly fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la!! For many people, keeping to your current fitness routine can be very difficult. Simply adjusting goals such as changing the number of workouts per week or adding to the miles you walk or run on the treadmill during the holidays can help you stay on track and go into the new year with a positive attitude.
Develop a holiday fitness plan
Take the time to plan out the next few weeks to be sure you’ve got workout time scheduled, among the other activities. Mark your workouts on the calendar and consider it as important as any other appointment. Get at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity daily, and more if possible. By physically seeing the complete holiday “picture” you can effectively schedule your personal time and the calendar makes you more accountable to your responsibilities (to others and yourself).
Although you have a plan, obstacles and challenges are inevitable. Take the time to think about the types of obstacles that will get in the way of your scheduled workouts. Once you’ve identified the obstacles, work on the solutions to overcome them. For example, try scheduling your workouts first thing in the morning before any other scheduling changes can occur. Or, add a 10-minute exercise break into your road trip.
One day at a time
Know that Newton’s Law is in full effect. Everything that can go wrong, will go wrong. Things will inevitably need to change to accommodate unpredictable situations. Just take it one day at a time. If you miss a workout, figure out another time where you can realistically fit it in. If you can’t fit in a whole workout, do as much as you can in the time that you have available. Try breaking your workout into four 15-minute exercise blocks.
Reward yourself for your dedication to your fitness goals. Don’t get so caught up in the hectic nature of the season to lose sight of the small victories, like squeezing in a 10-minute walk between work and the office holiday party.
Enjoy the time with your family and friends
Involve your family in your workouts. Turn off the television and take a walk or bike ride with the kids to look at Christmas lights and holiday decorations in your neighborhood. Or, if the weather is nice, take a trip to a nearby park.
Go ice-skating, or skiing. Dance or exercise to your favorite holiday music. Make a New Year’s resolution with friends to start a daily walking or running group. Most of all enjoy the NOW! Be present in the moment, and if you indulge so be it. You’ve earned it. Happy Holidays!!
Your friends at Socially Fit