As we approach the end of the year, we are going into the most festive season of it all, Christmas and New year’s eve. There will be a host of parties and events, everything from Christmas office parties to new year’s eve parties.
It is natural to get caught up in the festivities and gift buying that we push exercising down the priority list. Being aware of this tendency and having strategies in place can be of great use during this period.
Taking extra care of ourselves lets us have more to give to our loved ones particularly during the holidays.
Below I have put together 6 exercise tips to use during the holidays:
1. Schedule it in your calendar
Make a point of including it in your calendar and go an extra step of setting an alert to remind you at a given time period. Hearing your phone buzz with this alert can shock you into prioritizing it where ever you may be, I can attest to the wonders of this.
All it takes is 30 – 45 minutes of your time to get in the habit, try a do-it-at-home exercise or pack a gym bag with you to work. Making a point to treat your fitness period as you would treat a mandatory meeting at work will go a long way in your overall fitness.
Yes, even if you are super exhausted and can only lift half the weight you usually would, the key is showing up for yourself.
2. Find a fitness partner for the holiday season
Are you someone who enjoys having a buddy to sweat with at the gym? Or perhaps you love organized sports? Maybe you know deep down you need accountability to someone other than yourself to get your workout buzz going.
How about asking a colleague you like or your best friend to be your fitness pal during the duration of the season. You might be surprised to find the need for a work out partner is not just an idea isolated to you.
We humans are wired for connection, some more than others obviously, nonetheless our innate need for it can help us in achieving our goals when used in the right manner.
3. Try a new form of exercise
Sometimes we all get in a rut, perhaps we take the same routine to work every day or go to one gym all year round, that can cause us to feel stuck or bored with doing the same workout day in day out.
I definitely encourage trying a new exercise every 3-4 months, call it something to shake up the routine and get you out meeting new people.
Consider getting a month or a week pass to a new form of activity you have been interested, maybe hip-hop dancing or kickboxing. Whether that might be for you. Usually this type of companies offer a free day or week pass for new members, take advantage of it.
The worst thing, you do not enjoy it but you will succeed in breaking up the monotony. Better yet, you will enjoy the class immense and meet a new workout partner or life partner.
4. Take account of your health goals for the year
Are you where you set out to be at the beginning of the year fitness wise? Did you reach your goal only to relapse? Have you completely stop doing the strategies you created to help you?
It is common to wait till the beginning of a new year to take account of new goals and strategies for achieving them.
Nonetheless, planning the new year just before its arrival gives us the opportunity to get an early start on them and give ourselves a month buffer time to accomplish them.
So why not sit down and reaffirm or recreate what the new year will be like for you. Remember to create S.M.A.R.T goals.
Specific: What do you want to do?
Measurable: How will you know when you have achieved it?
Achievable: Is it within your power to achieve it?
Realistic: Can you realistically achieve it?
Timely: When do you want to achieve it by?
5. Consider getting a personal trainer
We all need help and individual accountability from time to time. Some of us are self-motivated and others just need someone rooting for us.
Here is where getting a personal trainer to help push us the extra 20% we need come into play. When you hire someone whose main goal is to get you in shape, they propel you to show up for yourself and serve as that extra kick you need to make it to the gym.
Perhaps it is the fact that you are paying extra for it and as such not showing up is like setting your money on fire, it is definitely a strong motivation for me.
Also, a trainer is basically a fitness mentor that can show you the best tips and tricks of fast tracking your fitness goals without hurting yourself especially if you are a newbie to the whole exercise routine.
6. Do not guilt trip yourself
As the life long journey of staying healthy and in shape progresses, there will be days that we feel we have let ourselves down. Too much pizza, skipping exercise for a month, maybe, it is all okay.
Let us refrain from judging ourselves too harshly, instead appreciate the chance to be alive and having the chance to get back up and keep moving forward.
P. S : Nothing worth having or being is built in a day, it is through persistence and courage that we achieve. Put all your focus on making it to the gym on the day you have set aside.
Those days when you do not feel like it, are feeling shame because you ate too much junk food or just going through a lot are especially the most important days to show up.
We build character when we face adversity and push our way through it to the other side.