This time of year is filled with fun, family, friends, and of course food. It can get pretty crazy too and among all this busyness we tend to completely abandon what we've worked for over so many months. This is also the time of year where people seem to allow their routines of fitness and healthy eating fade into the background. Why do we do this? I think that answer is not as hard as we might think.
It is, of course, because of the fun, family, friends, and food, BUT what do we need to do to not get swept up in this cycle that makes our fitness and healthy eating routines fade in the first place? I mean our physical goals still exist right?
And we still are committed to them right? Well yes of course we are, but what is it that changes during this time of year that completely dissolves once January hits and we suddenly have a new rekindling of all passion and energy to go again after our goals like nothing can stop us?
The answer doesn't matter as much as does the solution.
First what I recommend is definitely not beating yourself up when diet debauchery happens, and we know it will, or you miss a workout to keep watching a 4-hour Netflix binge because this is bound to happen and we all know it.
Instead, on the most craziest of days, when you cannot make it into the gym, carve out 20-30 minutes and get in some kind of activity that gets your heart rate up. Keep it simple. It doesn't have to be some elaborate workout. In fact, if you do a brief warmup, and then go hard for 10 minutes, that can be all the time you need to benefit yourself enough for that day.
Another recommendation is getting your workout in early in the day, if you can, before everything else you need to do. The holidays it might make our schedule nuts, but we can still find a block of time to fit in 10, 20, or maybe even 30 whole minutes a day to do something for ourselves that we will be proud we did and come January we won't have to start again from scratch.