Traveling for the holidays? Or having a houseful of guests coming and going for days leading up to Christmas? Whether you are training for a marathon and trying to squeeze in your long run, want to walk off those holiday treats, or keep the momentum in your daily workout routine, there are ways to ensure you stick to your activity plans and still enjoy all the fun of the season with family and friends.
1. Make a plan.
Adjusting your training schedule to fit around holiday activities, or determining which days you are going to fit in your walk or gym time are important to do before you hop the plane to Grandma’s house or welcome in a houseful of family. Whatever your goal is, write it down, be specific, and stick to that plan.
2. Tell your family.
After you make your plan, tell everyone about it. This will help ensure that you can follow through. If everyone knows you’re heading to the gym after breakfast, they will hopefully be more receptive to not planning a big family photo shoot at that time. Setting the expectation that you have this activity on your schedule will give you the space you need to get it done.
3. Recruit a buddy.
Telling your family about your workout plans will also hopefully inspire someone to join you. Or you may be more likely to go and not feel like you are missing out on anything if you have a buddy with you. Recruit a friend or family member to join you, and get in some fun social time while you get your exercise in. Win, win!
4. Make it fun!
Activity doesn’t have to be a grueling hour of strength training at the gym or a dreaded run out in the cold. Switch it up. Play a game of flag football in the backyard with the whole gang. Sign up for a holiday fun run in your town, and bring the kids and dogs along. Try a new group fitness class that you’ve always wanted to check out. Anything that gets you up and moving will help balance out all the rich food and relaxing family time. So get everyone involved and make a fun new memory or family tradition!
Missed the last posts in the Healthy Holidays series?
Coming next week: New Year’s Resolutions aren’t just for January!