Just like a lot of people, I sometimes struggle to stay motivated to workout and eat healthy during the holiday season. IT’S JUST SO HARD! There are so many delicious treats and big oversized sweaters to snuggle into :P Plus, when everyone has gathered around for food and laughter, sometimes the last thing you wanna do is commit to a sweat sesh. But it’s so important to keep your body moving. In fact, staying active during the holidays can make your winter memories even more fun! You’ll have more energy to do all the fun things you want!
So how do you do it? Here are a couple (easy!) things you can try to stay on track this holiday season.
1. Go for a walk.
If you’re physically able (and you’re not stuck in a blizzard or something scary like that), go for a 3o minute walk every day. Bring along family members, pets, and/ or friends! Our workouts don’t have to be crazy every time. The point is to move your body. Doesn’t need to be intense. You don’t have to be shaking. Just move your body. Think of those 30 minutes as you time.
2. Make healthy substitutions.
Okay I actually find it really fun to find a yummy recipe on Pinterest and figure out how to make it healthier. It’s like a game to me! What can I substitute? How can I keep the awesome flavor and add health benefits? You’d be surprised how many delicious recipes are out there that are good for you!
3. Have a buddy.
It is SO much better working out when you have someone with you. You have someone to talk to, someone to get through the burn with, and someone to keep you accountable. See if any of your relatives or friends want to be your workout pal for the holiday season. Maybe choose a day that works with both your schedules and have that be your day. Plus, it’s a nice way to catch up!
4. Be silly.
Dance it out! Close your door and blast your favorite song. Make it a party. Dancing is SO good for you and it doesn’t even feel like a workout. Let loose.
5. Cut yourself some slack.
Yes, it’s the holiday season and you’re probably going to indulge more than usual. THAT’S OKAY! Beating yourself up over stuff just hurts you in the long run. Move your body. Enjoy your time. And allow yourself permission to have some wiggle room. It’ll be okay. I promise.
Do you have any holiday traditions? What are you doing this year?