Let's admit, even the most dedicated to fitness can fall during this time of year. Between normal life add the holiday hustle and bustle of going to kids programs, work celebrations, family gatherings, Christmas shopping and more, health and fitness seem to fail or at a minimum, take a back seat. I'm telling you it's okay to avoid or fail and committing to "routine" this time of year. Just don't fail yourself completely. Here are some ideas to help you stay postive and focused in the right direction while enjoying the holidays.....
1. Most trainers and health experts tell you to "stick to a routine!" Good Luck!!!! I am telling you to try just the opposite. There is nothing routine about the holidays. Don't be afraid to say "Right now I cannot devote X amount of hours to running 50 miles this week, maybe I will try a new Yoga program or Circuit workout just until the holiday end." By doing this you can discover a new passion for exercise, free up some time and allow your body to work muscles it never knew it had!
2. Take on challenges. This is a great time to get involved in simple, easy to accommodate challenges that are a day or week long. These challenges are typically designed to help you stay focused on your health, but not take up as much time as a normal workout regime.
3. Don’t come out on New Years with a BIG RESOLUTION to get FIT. It’s the equivalent of letting off a bomb, and then the after effects fade away! Start implementing it slowly. Here’s how to build your fitness plan:
· Set goals (be realistic, sometimes it is best to have help with this and not have it be a friend or family member.)
· Discover what you enjoy doing. (Yoga, Nutrition, Running, Strength Training, Hiking, Zumba, Large or Small Group Training, Buddy Workouts, or Dance)
· Ask for help and idea’s to implement your plan. (trainers, doctors or friends who are truly educated in fitness can help you create a workout plan)
· Decide how much time you have each week to dedicate to this new plan.
· START SLOW! Running out and buying a gym membership on the first of the year and cramming 4 days a week in to start usually is not smart, nor does it last.
· Fitness is a package…exercise and nutrition. You cannot be truly healthy with just one of them. Remember the goal is not to look good; it's to feel good in the end.
· Don’t wait until the first of the year to work on this plan. Start now! Waiting until the first of the year is allowing yourself to make schedules, holidays, people, and everything mentioned above be an excuse.
4. Remember, if there is food around during the holidays it’s okay to enjoy it. But work for it. Go for a walk, jog, do some crunches, join a class for week etc. Most importantly portion control!
5. As with any plan be OPEN MINDED. Try new things, even if they are small. Small ideas can develop into something very rewarding. Less guilt, better choices, more energy and creativity!
So spend some time looking up a new class on the way home from work, take on a challenege, talk with a family member or friend about some goals, and don't get discouraged if your weekly Cross Fit session turns into a family hike or Yoga session at a studio closer to home for a few weeks. It's better than nothing and most likely more beneficial than trying to stick to the same ol'routine.