The holiday season is a time of celebration, family gatherings, and delicious food. It’s also a time when many people find their workout routines fall by the wayside. The combination of busy schedules and an abundance of tempting treats can leave you unmotivated to get back into your workouts. Fortunately, you can use some simple hacks to stay motivated and keep yourself on track with your fitness goals during the holidays.
Set Realistic Goals
The holidays can be incredibly hectic, making it hard to fit into your regular workout schedule. Instead of becoming overwhelmed trying to cram in all your regular exercises or classes, decide what’s realistic for you, given your current obligations. If that means doing shorter workouts or fewer reps than usual, that’s okay. It’s important to remember that progress isn’t linear. Sometimes it takes two steps forward and one step back to maintain momentum.
Some days you may feel like you need an extra energy boost to get started or through your workout. You can try a workout supplement. Using a caffeine vape pen is also becoming popular.
Mix Up Your Workouts
If working out has become monotonous or boring lately, try mixing things up with new exercises or classes this holiday season. There are plenty of options available these days – from HIIT classes and CrossFit boxes to cycling studios and rock climbing gyms. Don’t be afraid to explore something new. It might just be the motivation boost you need to jumpstart your workouts again.
Make Time For Recovery
It can be easy to forget about recovery when we get caught up in trying to get back into our routine after the holidays. However, recovery is just as important as working out – if not more so. Make sure you carve out time for therapeutic activities such as stretching, yoga, foam rolling, etc., which will help ease any tension in your muscles and joints caused by overtraining or too much sitting at holiday parties.
Find A Workout Buddy/Group
Motivation is vital when sticking with a fitness routine cause it is critical–especially during the holidays when temptations abound. Having someone who can work out with you or join you in a class will make it more likely that you’ll show up for your workouts. And if you have accountability partners, they may even be able to help keep you away from the most tempting holiday treats.
Track Your Progress
Keep track of how often you worked out (and what type) during each week of the holiday season. This will help motivate you because tracking progress gives us a sense of accomplishment; seeing how far we have come since starting our fitness journey makes us want to keep going even further. If you’re having trouble sticking with your routine at one point or another, looking back on past successes may be all the inspiration you need to stay on track.
Working out should never feel like a chore. It should be something enjoyable that helps relieve stress while also helping improve your physical health. So don’t forget to have fun while doing it by turning on some music or inviting a friend along for moral support (or both).
The holidays can be challenging to keep up with our fitness goals, but it doesn’t have to mean completely abandoning them altogether. With these tips in mind—setting realistic goals, mixing up your workouts by trying something new, making time for recovery activities such as stretching and foam rolling, finding a workout buddy/group, tracking progress, and having fun, we should all still be able to make progress even during this festive season. If you feel sluggish on some days, workout supplements may just be what you need, or perhaps a caffeine vape pen.