Hey hope you’re having a great day!
Today lets cover keeping on track with your workouts during the Holidays.
First I’m going to give you permission to be selfish.
If your spouse, friends and/or family are pressuring you to….
Just take a day off, what could it hurt?
You have an unhealthy addiction to working out. (Usually said while they’re lighting a cigarette)
What don’t you want to spend time with us?
You’re not planning on working out during our stay here are you?
Well this is really about their interests and priorities not yours so you need to ignore these attempts at sabotage you and your goals.
I’ve seen clients really struggle to get back into their groove after completely taking off for a couple of weeks.
And keeping your exercise routine will go a long way to keeping your eating on track during the holidays too.
There are some ways to keep on track while creating a minimum of hassle in your life at the same time.
1) Know Before You Go
Ah the glory of the interwebz.
When you’re traveling, before you go make a plan and get your options before you go.
a) First use the hotel gym if at all possible. It’s a good time to get creative and change you’re training up.
For example: If you usually need 45lb dumbbells for presses and you only have 25’s. Do a set of push ups to failure then go to presses. Those 25’s will feel like 50’s
b) If you need a gym, Google gyms and the zip code you’re staying in.
Find a place as close as possible to where you’re staying. Speed and getting in and out with minot fuss is more important than if they have spin bikes.
Even better is put the gyms location in your phone and map your distance time so you can take into account drive time.
Call ahead also and make sure of their Holiday hours. I have gotten up at 4:30am only to find the doors locked at a 24 Hour Gym on the road
c) If you just have to run use this Mapmyrun.com to find local routes or map your own from the place you’re staying.
Running in a new city is one of the very best ways to see it as the locals see it and to familiarize yourself with the area.
Do know you’re route, use landmarks, and take your phone with you.
Getting lost on a run in a strange place is not going to put you in the Holiday spirit.
2) Get It Done Early
This is the key to keeping the peace and still keeping your sanity.
If you’re rolling out the door at 6 or 6:30am and you’re back before most everyone is out of bed.
You’re not even going to be missed.
(Believe it or not some people will still have a problem with you leaving to workout. Ignore them. Your wellbeing is too important to listen to nonsense)
3) Work Active and Family Activity into Your Day to Explore an Area.
You work out so you can do what you want when you want.
Use that hard earned fitness to see what’s in the area.
Parks, lakes, activities, local sights, state parks. You name it.
Get yourself out and walk the area.
I’m always surprised more people don’t have heart attacks on vacation.
You go from on the couch for 11 months to hiking 7 miles on hilly terrain and they wonder why they can’t catch their breath.
Your goal for the Holidays is to stay on track as much as possible.
Remember you’ll feel better, have more energy, and will tend to eat better if you stay close to your routine during the Holidays.
It CAN be done and YOU can do it.
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