Staying active during the holidays

It’s the holiday season! What a great time to take a break from work or school and spend time with loved ones. During the weeks of Christmas and New Year’s, your more structured schedule is turned upside down to make room for festivities and endless meals filled with your favourite foods. While it is fairly easy to fit workouts into your regular routine, your motivation starts to falter when holiday parties, travelling and the notion of “treating yourself at Christmas” take over.

How can you stay motivated to keep active, and most importantly, keep fit during this annual period of excess? With a few tips and a little willpower, you can keep up with your training during the holidays.

Some Activity is Better than None

To increase your fitness level, you need to train often, but to maintain your current fitness, it is physiologically proven that reducing your training load without stopping everything will do the trick. While it’s easy to let go of your entire routine during the holidays, being moderately active will allow you to control the damage that comes from brunches and holiday parties. And, it will make your return to your training schedule in January much easier.

If you are used to working out between three and seven times a week, reducing your training time to one to two sessions a week during the holidays will go a long way in maintaining your fitness level, without all the usual effort.

Use the Morning to Get Rid of Last Night’s Excess

It’s hard to motivate yourself to work out after you’ve gobbled up tons of food during a brunch that stretched for hours. However, a good way to start the day is to exercise early in the morning before any festivities begin. The rest of the day becomes a reward for your morning effort. Plus, you will feel less guilty when you treat yourself to some holiday goodies.

Make it a Family Affair

The best way to accomplish a task is to enlist the help of family and friends. So instead of feeling like a chore, your workouts will be fun and motivating. Whether it’s hockey, jogging or cross-country skiing, getting out and moving is great way to spend time together. In this era of screens and Netflix, it’s a great way to pay homage to our traditions, spend time outside and enjoy the winter!

Happy Holidays to all Training Enthusiasts!