During the Holidays, we know there are a lot of distractions and temptations that lead you away from your fitness and nutrition routine. But here are some expert tips to keep you on track during this time-crunched, temptation-packed holiday season:
• SET A GOAL! Register to ride the AV200 – pay the early registration fee of $75 until January 1, 2012! (Registration fees increase to $100 in the new year.)
• Be flexible when your days get busy. Instead of simply blowing off your 5 p.m. trip to the gym in favor of an office party at the same time, wake up an hour early and walk or jog before work. Or fit a brisk walk into your lunch hour.
• Mix it up! Avoid boredom by changing up your routine. Try running, swimming and lifting weights to keep variety in your routine. The novelty of the new exercise will hopefully be a stronger motivator than the ‘need’ to do something else during your normal exercise time.
• Create a holiday wish list for one or more improved body area(s). Expect this to take a certain amount of sacrifice. Keep your discipline constant.
• Be ready for the mistletoe. People are attracted to a strong, healthy body. Your confidence will show if you’ve been keeping up with your eating and exercise habits.
• Create a home workout routine for those times you can’t make it to the gym. Crunches, push-ups, and many other exercises can be done without any gym equipment.
• Increase your time management skills over the holiday season. Organize your day the evening before. Prioritizing your tasks beforehand will help you find time to exercise. Each week, make it a priority to fit in three exercise sessions.
• Walking is an exercise that can go anywhere, from the woods to the mall.