Making it to the gym to exercise every day can be a challenge, and even the most dedicated gym-goers can find it hard during the busy holiday season. Between holiday parties, shopping, travel and entertaining, it can feel impossible to make the time to break away to workout.
If this sounds familiar to you, the good news is it’s not impossible to fit in a workout during the holiday season. We all know that exercising has a long list of benefit. It can help you feel more energized, less stressed and overall better during all of the holiday craziness. So how do you stay motivated to keep up your routine and not ditch your workouts all together until after the New Year?
The tips below are from top fitness trainers who help clients stay motivated year round — even in the midst of the holiday season. Below, they share the advice and strategies that they’ve seen help clients IRL stick to their routines and stay fit and healthy through the holidays. Hopefully you’ll find a strategy that works for you too.
Set specific goals
Setting clear, attainable goals is one way to make sure you’re getting in your workouts each week. If you set a specific goal (like be able to run a 5K by Dec. 31) then you know you have to start breaking that bigger goal into smaller action items. And don’t forget to ask yourself why you want to achieve this goal in the first place.
Plan your workouts in advance
You’re less likely to skip a workout if you’ve already set aside the time in your calendar for it. Most fitness studios require you to book classes in advance, and if you cancel you get charged a late-cancel fee (even more of a reason not to skip your workout!).