December is here! It’s the most wonderful time of the year, you know the time you get to gather with your loved ones and eat a million Christmas cookies! Hold up, who said you have to eat all the cookies? For many, the holidays are a great excuse to eat more and workout less. Especially as it gets cold outside, it’s harder to stay motivated through the holidays. Well, I’m here to give you some ideas on how you can stay motivated despite all the good eats around you.
Holidays bring stress, which can be good or bad. Sometimes the holidays make us want to stuff our faces until we no longer feel the pain, or we are just so filled with joy that we keep eating. I’m here to tell you exercise can actually help combat holiday stress and is a healthier option over a pound of cheesecake.
- Get up and go early! Also, go early and go often. Sometimes it’s best to roll out of bed and go to the gym before your mind wakes up enough to realize what’s going on. Then, afterwards, you have the whole day to do whatever you want (or just go to work).
- Workout with a buddy! Accountability is huge! Find someone who will hold you accountable and get your butt in the gym. If you need help finding someone, check out my article here.
- Use what you have! Even if you can’t get to the gym, you can do body-weight exercises at home, or anywhere! They don’t require a lot of space and only take about 20 minutes or less.
- Keep track of your progress! If you’re trying to lose or maintain your weight, weigh yourself every week or two to make sure you’re not veering off track. It’s also a good idea to track your other metrics every two weeks, i.e. body fat and measurements. This acts as a reminder when you’re knee-deep in that Turkey leg at the holidays and thinking about pumpkin pie.
- Indulge and hold back. I’m not going to tell you to not indulge, but what I do recommend is limit your indulgences to one serving. Put the rest in a container in the fridge for later. This will make it easier to not go back for seconds.
How do you stay motivated through the holidays?