The holidays are one of my favorite times of year. Not only do you usually spend more time with family and friends, but you will also be surrounded by great food. The trouble with all this great food is that it is loaded with calories and fat (hey, it’s what makes it taste so good). As such, if you don’t want to gain extra weight or start off the New Year worse than the previous year, you need to exercise over the holidays to stay fit.
Do Something Every Day
The most important thing to stay fit over the holidays is that you do some type of exercise every day so that you don’t fall out of your routine. You don’t need to hit the gym every day, but even on Christmas morning, consider going for a run around your neighborhood to at least keep up with your workout regimen. This will help keep your body on schedule, and will help you stay fit even if you don’t have time for a full workout.
Adopt an Earlier Routine
One of the more challenging parts of the holidays are the shorter days. If you’re like me, you like to run in the afternoons after you get home from work. But that can be challenging, especially with it getting darker earlier. Instead, wake up earlier with the early sunrise, and run before work. Getting out in the crisp morning air can also help you wake up.
It’s Okay to Say No
Finally, it’s okay to say “no” during the holiday season to food that you know is going to be bad for you. It seems like in every office there is a person who bakes extraordinary desserts, and tries to force everyone to eat them. Yes, they are good, but unless you want to put in a double-workout that day, say no. It’s okay to do this and nobody will think less of you. Just politely decline and focus on staying fit. Your body will thank you for it.
What do you do to stay fit over the holidays?