Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice
The leaves are changing and pumpkins are everywhere. You know what this means! The holidays are right around the corner. It’s the most wonderful time of the year for everything except your fitness goals. Never fear though! You don’t have to FALL out of your fitness routine. Follow these 5 tips to stay on track!
1. Pick a Specific Goal
Do you have something that you’re working towards? Maybe it’s fitting into that dress on New Year’s Eve that you’ve been dreaming of? Having a specific goal that you want to achieve will help you remember why you started. Once you make a goal, you can write in on your mirror or fridge as a daily reminder. It’s personal and will give you a reason to keep going when motivation starts to go away, which it will. Remember, motivation is fleeting, but discipline will get you there.
2. Make a Plan That You Can Stick To
This is a big one. Make a plan that you can realistically stick to. Set a schedule for yourself so your workouts are planned into your holiday schedule. If you know that nights are going to be busy, get up earlier and beat the crowd to the gym. This goes for nutrition as well. What you eat is 100% responsible for whether or not you get to your goal. Use a food logging app, like My Fitness Pal, to plan out what you will eat every day to stay within your calorie goal. Then you can hit the grocery store to stock up and avoid the “grab whatever you can get” catch.
3. Start a Journal
Keeping track of your workouts, nutrition, and goals will help you stay motivated. You can write your plan in your journal and make sure that you are staying on track. Journals are also a great tool for staying motivated because you can get out any frustrations that you are having with staying on track and go back and read old entries to remember why you started.
4. Enlist The Help of a Buddy
The buddy system is an awesome way to stay motivated during the holidays. If you have someone else waiting to meet you, then you are more likely to go workout. This can be a friend or family member that you go with every time, or better yet, a personal trainer that will take you through specific workouts based on what you need.
5. Try Something New and Fun
Changing your normal routine is a good way to spice up your workout. You can take a dance class, join a hiking group, or even rent a bike to ride at the beach. If you are getting tired of your workout, you will be less likely to want to go. Plan ahead to keep things fun and interesting.
There You Have It
Fall is a great time of year to spend with loved ones as long as you aren’t letting your own goals slip away. Just make sure to follow these 5 tips to stay on track. By setting a goal, making a plan, journaling, finding a workout partner, and trying something new, you can avoid falling out of your fitness routine this holiday season.