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12 Fitness Tips For Surviving The 12 Days of Christmas

12 Fitness Tips For Surviving The 12 Days of Christmas


Ah, the Holiday Season. We all love this time of year, including the fun (and the food) it brings but each of us could probably use a few tips to survive the holidays with our fitness game strong.

So here we are- with a tip for each of the 12 days of Christmas (whenever those happen to be) to keep you toned, in shape, and on track for the new year. Here we come 2018!

On the first day of Christmas 

Make a plan. An old saying goes, “Failure to plan is a plan to fail.” Knowing what’s ahead with holiday parties and travel keeping you out of your usual routine, make a plan to set aside time on certain days to get your exercise in. A plan allows you to enjoy the holidays with your family without worrying if you’ll ever get to workout.

On the second day of Christmas

Get your meal prep on. Planning, preparing, and packaging your meals and snacks for a week can do wonders for your life. You waste time every day thinking about what to eat. Once that’s been decided, you have to either prepare it, order it, or go pick it up. Meal preparation is an awesome way to tackle those decisions all at once so that you can save time, money, and eat better. The web is full of quick and easy meal prep plans. Take the guesswork out of your meals so you can spend more time doing holiday activities with your family and friends.

On the third day of Christmas

Stay active in your everyday plans. Go snowshoeing, (or hiking if you are fortunate not to live in a tundra). You’ve been hitting the StairMaster for a while, don’t let it be in vain. Snowshoeing and hiking are great excuses to get outside in the doldrums of winter and spend time with your peeps! Walk around the block with your grandkids, take a trip through the mall, and do a few sit ups and squats during your commercial breaks.

Another option is sledding! The child in you remembers that where there’s a slope, there’s a sled hill. You’ll have to climb to the top of said “hill” over and over to enjoy the ride down but then you’ll have the best of both worlds, incline training and…  decline cruising.

On the fourth day of Christmas

Schedule your workouts. Before everything gets crazy and it gets easier and easier to make excuses, schedule a specific time to work out and get to the gym for a Kubex workout. Consider this your check in to keep your body fine tuned. Just 30 minutes in the Kubes can make up for countless 30 minute episodes on Netflix and Hulu…

On the fifth day of Christmas

Mix up your workouts and add yoga to your day. The stress of the holidays can get to your head. You need a serene experience to briefly escape the responsibilities of adulthood. Yoga is a fantastic form of exercise and meditation. Your core will thank you.

On the sixth day of Christmas

Let yourself indulge just a little. Most of us know which holiday treats are our very favorites. Pick 2-3 of your very favorites and commit to only having those. Stick to your guns and avoid indulging too much on junk food you weren’t planning on.

On the seventh day of Christmas

Put exercise first. Let’s just face it. Most winter days it’s a real struggle to get out of your warm bed to go work out, but there’s no way to ensure you don’t miss a single workout like waking up bright and early and getting your sweat on first thing. This guarantees that unforseen interruptions in your schedule won’t interfere, and may even help you manage your food cravings for the rest of the day.

On the eighth day of Christmas

Plan ahead for travel. Being out of your normal routine makes it easy to skip out on workouts. Plan a quick and easy workout that you can do on the road. This doesn’t need to be the same caliber of your workouts from home, and can be a simple few things to get your heart pumping without all the equipment from home.

On the ninth day of Christmas

Let go of perfect. Half of why people dread the holidays when it comes to fitness is because we are so hard on ourselves when we let ourselves indulge or we miss a few workouts. Don’t expect yourself to be absolutely perfect when it comes to your fitness routine. If you miss a workout or eat a few too many cookies, make up for it later, and do better next time. No guilt necessary!

On the tenth day of Christmas 

Recruit an exercise buddy. Now’s the time to make a pact with a friend, or even a group of friends. Whether you’re working out together or even just checking in with each other to keep one another accountable, having a buddy will make sure you think twice before skipping a sweat sesh.

On the eleventh day of Christmas 

Take advantage of seasonal offerings. New members enjoy no initiation costs when they sign up in December. That’s right, $0.00!

On the twelfth day of Christmas

Cut yourself some slack. Try to focus on all the things you were able to do (both fitness related and otherwise) versus what you missed out on. Your memories of the holidays don’t have to be overshadowed by the spinning classes you missed. The important thing will be that you survived! You have a lot of work ahead of you in the new year.

 Just like the actual song “The 12 Days of of Christmas” feels like it may never end, the holidays can feel a little long when it comes to trying to maintain your fitness routines. Stick to these tips, enjoy the moment, and this holiday is guaranteed to be one to remember.

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