Staying Fit During The Holidays
It is no secret that the holidays are a time when everyone is busy and something just must give. Often, that something is exercise. You may think if you skip your workout, you will free up time for all the other things that must be done. However, it is important to 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.
One reason to keep exercising is it keeps you in a better mood – something we could all definitely use during the stressful holidays. 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 the holidays, but walking outside or doing a few rounds of body weight exercises at home should do the trick.
Another benefit is that working out helps you to manage your sleep. Getting the proper amount of sleep will leave you rested to tackle shopping, in-laws or traffic. Keep track of how morning or evening exercise affects your sleep. Some exercisers report that evening sessions keep them awake and wound up at night.
Better food choices are a huge benefit of maintaining your workout routine. People engaged in a workout routine tend to make better food choices. Being in a healthy routine helps you make 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 or at the gym this morning.
Finally, if you stay fit all season, you don’t need a January 1st fitness re-commitment. If you stay on your routine, there is no need for New Year’s fitness resolutions. Once you get off your routine, it can be very hard to get 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.
If you can stay fit during the holidays that’s great! But if you fall back a little, don’t beat yourself up about it. 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 or holiday season. Get back on track tomorrow and put it behind you!