Sticking to an exercise routine during the holidays takes planning
Exercise first thing in the morning and you'll be less likely to skip it
The holidays are here and you barely have time to clean the house before the relatives arrive. And you're supposed to keep up with an exercise program, too?
That's right, troops.
Did you know you start to lose fitness in about two weeks if you quit exercising altogether? It's a lot tougher to recondition than it is to let the workouts slide, too. Better to keep plugging away, even if you shift to a lighter schedule, than to start down that slope.
The key is planning ahead.
Here are other tips to sticking to a fitness routine through the busy holiday season:
1. Put a workout on your calendar and stick to it.
2.Exercise first thing in the morning to lessen chances of having to push it off your daily schedule.
3.Make a date with a friend to walk or run. If you're accountable to someone, you're less likely to miss a workout. Besides, it's a great way to catch up with people you want to see during the holidays.
4.If you're trapped in the kitchen cooking, remember that cans are a great substitute for weights. Grab a couple and hoist them between mixing batter and popping cookies in and out of the oven.
5.Break activity into shorter sessions. If you can't set aside time for an hour swim practice, for example, try to fit in four 15-minute brisk walks.
6.Make it a family activity! Walk around the neighborhood to look at holiday lights, bike to Zilker Park to check out the lighted tree or go for a stroll on the trail around Lady Bird Lake and admire the downtown buildings.
7.Turn time normally spent sitting into active time. If you usually sit on the bleachers during your child's sport practice, jog around the field instead. You're still within eyesight.
8. Turn daily tasks like cleaning into a workout. Just speed them up, crank up Burl Ives and let loose.
9.If you are traveling and staying at a hotel, book one that has a gym or indoor pool. Then use it.
10. Think of your exercise time as a break from the frenzy. It'll help you control stress.