We often wait until January 1 to get our fitness routines back on track. The holidays make it easy to make excuses for what you’re eating and how much because “it’s Thanksgiving” or “the parents are visiting.” It’s ok to treat yourself during the holidays and bond over a shared meal. The key to not letting your fitness routine get completely derailed is to start earlier!
The day after Thanksgiving is the perfect kickoff to a holiday booty busting fitness routine. Why? You probably ate until even your stretchy pants felt uncomfortable...understandably. Thanksgiving is punctuated by overindulgence, and that uncomfortable, not fitting in your stretchy pants feeling is motivation enough to bust your butt back into shape.
How do you get started?
Make a commitment through January 1. Yes, that seems a little backwards because most people start their diet and fitness plans in the new year. But you are a smart, forward-thinking fitness maven with a plan of action that will not only last, but carry you way past the first weekend of 2017.
Keep it reasonable. You have 36 days between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, and there really isn’t a rush (unless you have a special event you’re preparing for). So be easy on yourself, allow some time off, do what you can, and make sure you enjoy it! We all know how easy it is to stick with something you don’t like doing (it’s not!). So find activities that are manageable, fun, enjoyable, social...whatever it is that will keep you motivated.
Use fitness as a way to set the tone for your day. Not everyone is a morning person, so if you can’t get out of bed to go work out, that’s ok. But schedule your workout in your calendar and set reminders throughout the day so you think about your activity and how you’re going to prepare. You wouldn’t eat a whole pizza before spin class, right? In this fitness instance, “before” means that day, no matter how many hours pass between pizza devouring and ferocious pedaling. Having a plan and setting your day around it will help you make better choices!
Mix it up until and try everything! Who knew hanging from the ceiling on silky ropes and throwing tires around an asphalt parking lot would be some of today’s trendiest workouts? And how do you know what you like until you try it? Get out there, experiment with different classes, times of day, and social scenes. Even if you’re not “working out,” making your body move in some way has its benefits.
Not sure if you’re moving enough throughout the day? It might be time to invest in a fitness tracker. Most smartphones these days also include some type of health tracking app, and if you cart your phone with you everywhere you go, you can also collect useful health data that can share insights about your daily movement.
Don’t make excuses. If you don’t feel like going to barre class tonight, that’s double the reason to go! Test your perseverance and do everything in your power to get to that class or go on that run. Getting started is always the hardest part! Sometimes forcing yourself to get moving can be one of the most therapeutic acts. If you’re stressed about work, the holidays, your family, or a looming decision, an hour of movement is the perfect time to put your body in motion and work through those thoughts.