Can you believe that it’s already November? It’s that time of the year otherwise known as “holiday season”. Between Halloween candy, Thanksgiving meals and holiday events and parties, it’s super easy to get off track. As I mentioned in my November 2018 Goals post last week, my motivation to workout is pretty low. I’m sure it’s just a funk but it couldn’t have come at a worse time! Since this time of year is super busy and it’s easy to skip workouts, I came up with some tips to keep me on track. Hopefully these tips will be helpful for you as well!
Join a Holiday Challenge
This is probably the easiest way to hold yourself accountable. If you do a quick search on Instagram or Pinterest, you can find a bunch of holiday fitness challenges to join. The length of the challenges vary so you can find one that works best for you. What challenge am I doing? I’m joining another StepBet game for the next 6 weeks. This will ensure that I get my butt up and moving!
Write down workouts AHEAD of time
This month I’ve started to log my workouts in my training journal again. One thing I’m doing differently is writing down my workout in my training journal BEFORE I do it. For example, yesterday I knew I needed to do a 4 mile run so I wrote that down in my journal before going to work. As soon as I got home after work I changed into my workout clothes and knocked out my 4 mile run. Writing something down in pen makes it feel more permanent to me, which gives me more desire to actually do the workout.
Plan ahead for holiday parties
This is the time of year where you may get invited to multiple parties. Sure, they are fun but all of that snacking on appetizers and sipping on alcoholic drinks is a quick way to pile on the pounds. To combat this, try to plan ahead as much as possible. If you are bringing an item to a holiday party, bring a fruit or veggie platter. At least that way you know you’ll have something healthy to snack on. If you’re just attending the party, eat a healthy meal before attending the party. That way you won’t overeat a lot of the carbs or junk food.
Select a Winter Race
Don’t have any races scheduled for January/February? Now’s a perfect time to pick one! Having a race early in the year gives you incentive to stick to a training plan. Since most training plans are anywhere from 8-12 weeks, now is the perfect time to start thinking about that Winter race!
Although this may not necessarily be something that you would think would keep you on track, it definitely can! You’ll find a bunch of volunteering opportunities during the holidays. Here’s a thought – instead of throwing your typical holiday party, what about a holiday volunteer event? You can grab your group of friends and volunteer at a soup kitchen, food pantry, wrapping gifts for kids, etc. – the possibilities are endless. Not only will you do some good in your community, but you’ll also make great memories with friends AND you’ll feel good too. It’s a win-win!
Do you have any tips on how to stay on track during the holidays?