Exercising During the Holidays: Tips to a Healthy Holiday

by Jen on December 11, 2014

Stay on track with your exercise during the busy holiday season with these five tips.

Exercising During the Holidays

I don’t know about you, but I find it extremely tough to stay on track with my workouts during the busy holiday season. Between Christmas parties, shopping, decorating, my schedule is always changing. Then add in all those tempting foods and being tired, it seems nearly impossible to fit in my workout during the holidays.

But I have good news! It IS possible to fit in your workout and it’s a lot easier than you think.

First of all, I focus on eating as healthy as I can by following a simple and delicious meal plan. I aim to eat healthy 80-90% of the time, with a few planned indulgences here and there. I like to make sure I’m prepared for the next day, so I like to have some healthy options on hand like almonds, cooked chicken and quinoa, and some chopped veggies. I also don’t do really long workouts. I like to stick to quick, intense workouts that are around 30 minutes long. These small, easy habits keep me on track with my exercise and nutrition during the holidays. I can still enjoy parties with friends and family without sacrificing everything I’ve worked hard for all year.



1. Give yourself a break: try not to make your nutrition and exercise an “all or nothing” approach during the holidays. I eat healthy 80-90% of the time, and I do indulge in a few treats, but I make sure they are worth the splurge. Don’t try to fit in long workouts everyday. Even if you just get in 30 minutes 3 times a week, it’s better than nothing.

2. Fight the excuses: While I know how to make a plan and set realistic goals, I also know that life happens! It’s so easy to make up excuses when life gets busy. Some of my most common excuses, “I really need to help someone do this, I need to get this done right now, I need to bake for…, I ate well today so I can just indulge and skip my workout….”

How to fight the excuses

Put your workout clothes on first thing in the morning.
Just START your workout – I bet you will feel better after just 5 minutes.
Remember WHY you are exercising. Is it for your kids? To Wear a bikini on an upcoming trip?
Visualize yourself at the end of the workout and how you will feel.
If you’re going away, pack a workout that doesn’t require any equipment or take up much time. My two favourites are T25 and TurboFire.

3. Find accountability: My fit family helps me stay motivated throughout the holidays with my workouts and nutrition. We all understand if we slip up, and we encourage each other to keep going. While I don’t have that support in person, I do have it online! Two years ago I started an online accountability group, and the members feel like family to me now and know me better than some people I know in real life. We share our meals, tips, questions, and motivation. If you would like to join, please send me a friend request on Facebook¬†with a message saying you would like to join my accountability group. I would be more than happy to add you.


4. Manage your time: Cooking, decorating, celebrating, and cleaning can take up most of my time during the month of December. Sure, that stuff may burn a few calories, but I can’t rely on that. I personally need at least 25 minutes of exercise 4-5 times a week to feel good about my workouts and maintain my fitness goals.

I suggest scheduling your workouts. Take out your calendar and write down what NEEDS to be done that week, and the days/times you will fit in your workout.



5. Get your energy: You know that feeling you get after a good workout? I always feel so much more energized when I workout, it gives me energy for the day. Make sure you are doing a workout that you enjoy, not one that you dread. Make a fun playlist with songs that pump you up. Try a new class or a new at-home workout DVD to spice things up. If you’re looking for some program suggestion, please message me, I’m happy to share some of my favourites with you. Whatever gets you excited, plan to do that!

Sure, the holidays are full of plans, but remember that your exercise are also plans!! You are doing so much for others this season, don’t forget about taking care of yourself.

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1 Personal Training in Lafayette LA December 16, 2014 at 11:24 pm

Thanks for sharing your holiday tips. I agree with you, sharing fitness routine with our family is very exciting and of course less boring. Excuses are not forgivable and it is best to get on our feet and be productive.


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