Holiday Exercise Strategies That Work

Holiday Exercise Strategies That Work

It is probably one of the most challenging times of year to fit in your exercise program. With all of the family commitments, holiday parties, work crunches before leaving for a holiday vacation, and holiday visitors, it seems like finding time to workout is almost impossible.  However, with a little pre-planning following these five holiday exercise strategies, you may be able to stay on track throughout the holiday season and feel fantastic come 2022.  As always, prior to beginning any exercise program, please consult your physician.

Holiday Exercise Strategies – Five strategies

  1. Holiday Visitors – yes, this one is tough.  They are only with you for a short period of time so this situation really puts negative stress on your workout schedule.  First, prepare them so they will be aware that you will be attending your workouts while they are visiting and invite them to join you if possible.  Secondly, you may have to rearrange your workout times for earlier or later in the day than usual so that you can enjoy their visit.  Third, you may also consider changing up your workout formats to include those that your visitors/guests might also enjoy.
  2. Holiday Parties – first of all, enjoy the parties, but choose an arrival and departure time, prior to attending, so that you will be able to get up the next morning for your workout.   A little too much libation or staying out too late may sabotage your workout schedule.  So, drink a glass of water between each glass of wine, make certain to eat a healthy meal prior to the party, if possible and then let the host know that you had a great time but have an important appointment the next day, which is entirely true.  The appointment is with yourself for your scheduled workout.
  3. Holiday Vacation Preparation – it does seem that once all of your workplace colleagues realize that you are planning to leave for the holidays, they suddenly have tons of deadlines which you must meet.  While it is certainly important to meet your deadlines, if you have properly prepared your colleagues/associates/clients for your departure, you should still have time prior to your departure to continue with your exercise program.
  4. Holiday Workout Timeliness – if you find that you have less time to exercise due to holiday commitments, then create a program that you may complete in less time but more frequently throughout the weeks of the holiday season.  A great example would be to perform your cardio on Monday/Wednesday/Fridays and your muscular strength training on Tuesdays/Thursdays/Saturdays and spend approximately 30-45 minutes per workout rather than your regular 60-75 minutes.  Since the workouts are shorter in duration, you may consider increasing the intensity as a result.
  5. Holiday Shopping On-line – Sitting requires less energy expenditure than sleeping at night, so if you are going to shop on-line, then structure your shopping following your scheduled workout time.  Otherwise, you may end up letting the time get away from you and miss that all important, stress reducing, calorie busting time in your day.  Additionally, get up out of the chair, move around every few minutes, do a few squats or lunges, get down and knock out a set of pushups or get on your stability ball and perform your abdominal/core work.  The small things matter, so an accumulation of exercise time throughout the day may contribute to long-term exercise success!

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