I get it…Fitting in workouts and staying on any type of healthy eating plan is impossible difficult during the holiday season. But, I’ve worked hard the last couple of months to get back into shape after carrying a little one for 9 months, and I’m not willing to sacrifice that hard work. And, I’m sure you can relate. So, is it possible to stay on track with health and fitness goals during the holidays? You bet it is, but it’ll take some work. While I’ve not done the best at sticking to my goals during the holiday season in the past, I am committed this year, and have a few tips to help me stay that way. If you want to stay on track and achieve your goals despite the holidays, here are a few tips to help. And, don’t worry, you don’t have to deprive yourself, and you’ll still be able to enjoy the season.
1. Define Your Goals
Obviously the first step to achieving your goals or at least sticking to them is knowing what they are. Whether it’s simply not gaining any holiday pounds, hitting a new record in the gym, or eating a balanced diet, take some time to determine what your goals are. I suggest writing them out.
2. Create a Plan
Having a specific plan in place will make it much easier to stick to your goals. I’ve mentioned before that I’m following the 21 Day Fix. While you don’t have to have a premade plan to stay healthy during the holidays, having regular workouts scheduled and defining your eating plan will make a huge difference. The 21 Day Fix is really straightforward and is an easy option if you’re interested in a portion-controlled eating plan and moderate intensity workouts.
3. Fit In Your Workouts
I don’t know about you, but in the past, workouts have been the first thing to slip for me when it comes to the holiday hustle and bustle. This year I’m not letting that happen. It works best for me when I have a scheduled time for my workouts, but even if I don’t make that, I’m sure to get my workout in before I head to bed. Check out my other tips for fitting in workouts during the holiday season too.
4. Find Accountability
It’s easy to give in and forget your goals when you’re doing it on your own. But, if you have someone holding you accountable, it’s much more difficult to just let things slide. I like to find a workout buddy no matter what time of the year it is. Find a way to hold yourself accountable and stick to your health and fitness plan.
5. Plan a Splurge
Okay, so splurging does go against most components of a health and fitness plan; however, if you plan a splurge, you’ll be more likely to control yourself and not go overboard. I love sweets, so planning to enjoy a sweet treat at one meal is a good way for me to stick to my goals throughout the rest of the day. Whatever you do, allow yourself one or two treats throughout the season, so you won’t feel deprived and end up gorging yourself on all of the leftover Christmas cookies.
You can stay on track with your health and fitness goals during the holidays, but it takes a bit of effort. Use these tips and your best effort to stay active, eat healthy, and meet your goals.
How do you stay on track during the holiday season? What are your health and fitness goals this year?