Top 5 tips for avoiding the “Holiday Induced Workout Hiatus”
1. Find a workout buddy. Even if you don’t typically workout with a pal, find a friend or family member to team up with you. Plan to meet at the gym at a certain time and either workout together, or for a certain duration of time. Keeping your word & showing up for a friend is often easier than doing so for yourself. Still not enough? Keep each other accountable; if one of you ditches, (s)he owes the other $5 or coffee, etc.
2. Sign up for classes. Most gyms offer group fitness classes (some are included in the price of membership while others cost extra) and signing up for a class at a specific date/time will allow you to “block out” that hour-ish in your schedule. Consider it an “appointment” and you won’t miss it!
3. Register for a Turkey Trot or Jolly Jaunt. There are 5k walk/runs ALL over the place during the holidays and they are the perfect thing to keep you on track. Not only will you show up for the race (and have so much FUN) but you will be extra motivated to maintain a training regimen to reach your goal.
4. Make an appointment with a trainer. Sometimes it all boils down to the fact that Money Talks. If you make an appointment with a trainer and are paying a decent amount of money to do so, chances are you will be more motivated to actually show up and get your money’s worth. PLUS, you have the amazing benefit of gaining knowledge, some new exercises, and a professional guide through the gym! [If this option sounds appealing to you, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can talk training!!!]
5. Don’t make the pit stop at home. If you’re a post-work gym goer, do NOT make that tempting stop at home to change or eat before you hit the gym. While this may not pose a threat during the sunny, warm months, the winter brings a different scenario. Step inside a warm house, change into comfortable clothes and I bet you’re not going to want to go ANYWHERE but the couch. Avoid this trap by packing a bag with gym clothes and a pre-workout snack. Bring this back to work with you and go DIRECTLY to the gym when your work day is done!
What about you? Do you have any tips/tricks for staying motivated and focused on your healthy habits during the holidays and cold winter months?