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Follow these 8 steps to stay fit during the Holidays

Follow these 8 steps to stay fit during the Holidays

The holidays can be one of the most difficult times of the year to stay on track with your fitness goals. There are many distractions, and over-indulging in food, snacks and alcohol can be a major setback. But instead of throwing all of the hard work out the window, now is the perfect time to make a solid resolution to take care of your body, and end the year strong. In this article, we are going to give you tips on how to keep your fitness goals during the holidays.

1. Be Active

Your main goal should be to stay active during the holidays. When you’ve family or friends visiting, there’s a tendency to sit around a fire, consuming alcohol or beverages, and talking about various topics. But instead of doing that, you should take advantage of the available opportunities to sneak in some exercises and activities.

For instance, you can pass time with activities like biking, hiking, kayaking or abseiling if you are in mountainous areas, or you can head to the sea for some snorkeling and surfing. If you are not a thrill seeker, yoga on the beach, long walks and even swimming can also help keep you fit. In, find out how you can stay in good shape with a wide array of cardio and weight-lifting exercises.

2. Find a Workout Buddy

You might not realize it, but there might be lots of folks around you who are also struggling with holiday time fitness goals. You can find them, buddy up and form a strong accountability team. You can encourage each other to meet up for post shopping trip runs or pre-dinner workouts. You can encourage each other to maintain exercise routines, and enjoy snacks in moderation.

Alternatively you can find support by attending group classes. Many healthy resorts and hotels are now offering group classes, where you can join in like-minded folks on a similar journey. That said, it’s important to note that, maintaining your fitness goals is not always easy and you’ll need all the support you can find to keep going when the body tells you that you cannot.

  1. Hydrate

You should not underestimate the importance of staying hydrated. Many times, dehydration can actually trigger hunger pangs. Therefore, drinking water will not only help reduce dehydration related cravings, but can also curb over-eating. Before indulging in any holiday meal, try and drink a glass (or 2) of water. This water will help you feel much fuller faster, which means you’ll consume fewer calories.

  1. Set Yourself a Goal

Utilizing your holiday time to reach your fitness goals will leave you feeling proud and happy of a holiday well spent. You should consider setting process goals, i.e. smaller, actionable goals which you can tick off your list daily. This will help bring you closer to your fitness goals. Some examples of goals to set can include; workout for 35 minutes daily, lift weights 2 a times week, do 15 pushups every day, among others. Focus on executing the process goals during the holiday period, and chances are you will be happy with the final result.

5. Plan All Your Workouts in Advance

You know that your schedule is going to be rather hectic over the holidays. You will probably be cooking, shopping, cleaning, wrapping gifts, traveling, sending cards, visiting family, going to parties, entertaining. etc, and this will take away from the time you’d normally spend working out. As such, thinking ahead and properly scheduling your workouts will help you get your workout routine going during the holidays.

6. Take Your Nutrition Seriously

Any loss of overall fitness, size or strength you happen to experience during holiday is likely due to poor nutrition. All of the physical development is mainly dependent on proper nutrition, and holidays is one of the times when good nutrition flies out the window. Even if you feel like indulging when on holiday, you should try to limit the treats and choose to refuel with healthy nutrition. For example, with some healthy snack ideas you avoid gaining fat and weight. By doing so, you will be able to perform your best when it comes to staying fit.

If your fitness goal is on building more muscle, make sure you get adequate protein, and if you are after fat loss, you should limit your indulgence in the desserts. It is also a good idea to take some multivitamin with you when on holiday so as to prevent nutrient deficiencies.

7. Keep Fit While Exploring the Surroundings

You can maintain your fitness by exploring your surroundings. You can do this by going for a walk or a jog around your area. Disguising fitness as an exploration will not only help you meet your fitness goals, but will also help you familiarize with your new bearings, and you may even find a lesser known hot spot to explore later on during your holiday.

8. Try Short, High Intensity Workouts

One fun way of maintaining your fitness is cutting the number of workouts in a week, shortening the time, and pushing harder with higher intensity interval-workouts. One research study showed that 2 and 1/2 hours of sprint interval training in a week produced similar bio-mechanical muscular changes to 10 and 1/2 hours of endurance workouts, with the same endurance performance benefits.

This means that by sprinkling in 1 or 2 short and hard efforts every week, you will be able to maintain your fitness during the holidays, boost the body’s metabolism, and keep things fresh.


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