No Excuses for the Holidays

It is no secret that the holidays are a time when everyone is busy and something just has to give. Often, that something is exercise. You may think if you skip your workout, you will free up time for all of the other things that must be done. Keep on track with your workout routine or running schedule this season. Even if you do not have the time for a full workout, a short session is better than no session to keep you mentally on track and your body healthy. Exercise benefits are many, but these may help you survive the holidays:


A Better Mood - Study after study show that exercise boosts mood and lowers stress level. Before your trip to a family get together, get out for a jog or walk to put you in a great frame of mind to enjoy the holidays. Many gyms are closed during holidays, but walking outside or doing a few rounds of body weight exercises at home should do the trick.


Sleep Better - Exercise helps you better manage your sleep. Get your sweat session in and get your shut-eye for a better day tomorrow to tackle shopping, in-laws or traffic. Keep track of how morning or evening exercise affects your sleep, though. Some exercisers report that evening sessions keep them awake.


Better Food Choices - People engaged in a workout routine tend to make better food choices. Being in a healthy routine healthy choices in all aspects of life. When you are confronted with a dessert plate at a party, you may go for the fruit instead, knowing how hard you worked on your run this morning.


No January 1 Recommitment Needed - If you stay on your routine there no need for New Year's Fitness Resolutions. Once you get off of your routine, it can be very hard to back on it. Truly, a body in motion stays in motion and a body at rest stays at rest. Even if your workouts are not as intense or you are not doing the mileage that you are used to, you will be mentally in the routine of working out.


Understand that if you miss one workout, you have not blown your entire week. Do not throw your hands up and give up on the week. Get back on track tomorrow and put it behind you.