5 Holiday fitness tips to help you stay healthy over the break

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Ryan Newhouse - health writer, MyNetDiary

If you're like many, the holiday season often feels stressful, so perhaps some fitness tips will provide relief. Now is not the time to put your exercise plan on the back burner. It's the time to commit to staying a step ahead of your health. Here are 5 holiday fitness tips to help you feel better and manage instead of muddle through the season.

Holiday fitness tips

Holiday fitness tips you can start employing today

  1. Post your weight-loss and health goals where you can see them. This constant reminder will help you prioritize what you value in your life. It can be as simple as, "eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables" or "I will walk today during my lunch break.".

  2. Recalculate your goals. Goal setting and re-evaluating is essential. It can keep you from getting derailed during the holidays. For instance, if you average 5 workouts per week, try setting a goal of 3 instead. Or just try to hold your weight steady instead of striving to lose weight during this time. "Treading water" goals may make the holidays more enjoyable by taking the pressure off. A very reasonable goal, maintaining presents manageable boundaries during this time of indulgence. Learn additional tips on how to maintain health over the holiday season here.

  3. Find a workout partner who will help you when you find your motivation starting to fade. Whether in-person or on-line, exercise buddies help you stay accountable.

  4. Change your workout time. Most people will be more consistent if they move their workouts to the morning hours, as many people are too tired after work and running errands to fit in exercise. If you already work out some mornings but keep finding ways to miss your activity, change it to the evening instead. The point is to make your workout happen.

  5. One of my favorite holiday fitness tips is to change up the routine. Even if it's just a different exercise activity once a week, this can be a great stress-reducer and a way to keep your workouts fun. If you have been working out at home for a while, here are some online workouts to check out-

Pilates on-demand
Additional home work-outs

Engaging in physical activity is a wonderful opportunity to give some time and attention to ourselves. In the spirit of giving this season, give yourself the gift of planned physical activity. You'll feel refreshed and energized afterward-something we could all use more of this holiday season!

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This blog was reviewed and updated by: Joanna Kriehn, MS, RDN, CDCES on November 19, 2020.

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Nov 23, 2020

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