Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Surviving the Holidays

The holidays are here. The period from Thanksgiving to New Year’s is the time when many people struggle to keep up with their fitness programs. The weather is colder, their schedules get busier, there’s added stress, and it’s easy to fall under the trap to start fresh after the New Year. With so many reasons to take a break, how do you avoid letting your routine slide?

Start by taking a realistic look at what you have planned. What obstacles will be getting in your way? Whether it’s a lack of time, or traveling, or anything else, figure out solutions for the problems. It may require getting up earlier or breaking your program into shorter 10-minute segments throughout the day, but the key is to be flexible.

Another solution is to combine exercise with the activities that need to be done. If you have to skip your workout for holiday shopping, see if you can sneak in some extra time for walking around the mall. Or, if you’re planning festive activities with the family while your kids are off school, joining them for an afternoon of ice skating, skiing, or sledding can be a great way to get in some exercise.

The important thing is to not wait until the New Year to make time. Why put it off? You’ll only have to work harder when the time comes. Staying in shape will help you prevent any holiday weight gain from all the celebrations. It’s also a great natural way to reduce the stress that’s associated with this time of year. Finding ways to maintain your fitness routine will keep you healthy and ready to enjoy the holidays with your family and friends!

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