As the busy holiday season approaches, it can easily be used as an excuse to derail from your fitness program. But don’t let it! The busier we get, the more we need movement. Not only does exercise build our resiliency to harmful stress hormones like cortisol, it increases our energy output and enhances our feel-good mood boosters. Exercise does a body good! Here are Coach Kendra’s top tips to staying active this time of year:
Let go of perfect. We don’t expect it in other areas of life – school, work or in with our family members. So why do we expect “perfect” when we think about our fitness routines? You may miss a workout. I do it all the time. It’s not the end of the world. Really. Just make sure you get the next one done.
Forget your workout routine; just challenge yourself. You may not have time for your full routine, so don’t do it! Exert yourself for 10 minutes if that’s all you have. Your body responds to the challenge of exercise, not the amount of time you spend doing it.
Focus on what you can do, not what you can’t. Every year I hear an endless parade of, “I’ve just been so busy with the holidays and family visits, that I couldn’t workout.” This year, focus on what you can do instead of what you can’t.
Pick your top 5 favorite exercises. Write down your 5 favorite exercises– I’m sure squats will be on everyone’s list this year! When you need a blast of movement, do all of them for 30 seconds each. It will be easier if they are bodyweight exercises, but you can use anything as long as they are your favorites.
Remember that the holidays come at the same time every year. Your favorite holiday comes on the same day each year (for the most part). Those annual celebrations won’t catch you by surprise, so there’s no reason why you can’t plan for them. Unknown interruptions to your fitness program like sick kids or an urgent work meeting can’t always be avoided, but when celebrations come every year there’s no excuse. Enjoy the holidays but don’t wreck your fitness plan in the process. Keep at it and you’ll get a little better each year!