The holiday season is one of the most difficult times to stay motivated to be healthy. Holidays have a tendency to cause quite the disruption to our normal diet and exercise routine and staying motivated to get into the gym can be a bit harder than usual.
So, why is it so difficult to stay motivated during the holidays? Well, during the festive season, it’s a lot easier to make excuses, the food is yummier, and it’s a crazy busy time of year. Between work, family, planning, and parties finding the time for a gym session can be nearly impossible. With all the delicious food and the cold weather, many of us are tempted to spend our free time laying by the fire with our full bellies and relax with our loved ones rather than hit the gym for a sweat session. The problem is that although we enjoy ourselves at the time, we soon regret it when the holidays are over.
Every year you tell yourself you’re going to stay motivated during the holidays, so this season follow these tips to make it happen.
- Maintain the right mindset
Staying motivated won’t be possible unless you start out with the right mindset. Go into the holiday season determined and dedicated. Make a promise to yourself that you are going to stick to your holiday health plan. Don’t make excuses when the time comes for your workout. If you don’t have time after work, work out before, if you are out of town, go for a run outside or a hike with your family.
- Make a schedule
Making a plan and workout schedule ahead of time will make it a lot more difficult to make excuses when the time comes. If you are prepared, you are more likely to get it done. Take a look at your schedule and write down the times that you will be able to get in your workout session.
- Workout with a partner
Working out with a partner is always a motivator, regardless the time of year. Ask a good friend or family member to be your workout partner and head with you to the gym. Having someone to hold you accountable for your workouts and vice versa will ease the pressure on you to stay self-motivated. Even if you and your workout partner are going to be a part for certain holidays and occasions, stay in touch and keep each other accountable throughout the time.
- Make it a family activity
If you are struggling to find the time to balance working out and also spending time with your family, then make getting an exercise a family activity. Go on a hike with your family, a walk, play a dance game, or kick it up a notch and try a fitness class together.
- Try group fitness classes
Try a group fitness class in Bedford. Group fitness classes are a great way to stay motivated and here at Fitness Nation, we have a large variety of awesome classes to choose from. They are easy to plan and add to your schedule, they include workout buddies, they work to burn fat and calories, and they have a great coach keeping you excited and energized the entire duration of the class. Whatever your fitness goals may be, we are sure one of our classes will suit you. Our team of fitness experts will be here by your side to help you stay motivated during the holiday season.
- Do short HIIT workouts
When you are short for time, HIIT workouts are a really great option. They achieve a lot in a short amount of time. They are great in that they incorporate cardio as well as strength training. In just 20 to 30 minutes you will have achieved burning from 100 to 300 calories and built strength as well.
Stick to these holiday workout tips and you are sure to stay motivated this season. Come by our fitness center in Bedford to learn more about our awesome facilities and excellent group fitness classes. Fitness Nation is dedicated to you and your health this holiday season. Call us or come by today.