Holidays are busy. Period. It’s the most wonderful time of the year — but also a time where routine fall by the wayside. There goes your exercise routine, your meal prep, your sleep rituals, and any dwindling opportunity you have left to nourish yourself.
It’s not all bad, of course. It’s a fun time to let your hair down, to reflect on the year’s achievements with coworkers, friends, and family, and to relax — so try not to let this change of tune be about rigidity or adding stress to the scenario. Where there is a will, there is totally a way. Below are some ways you can stay on track with your fitness goals and still have a great holiday season.
Get clear on your non-negotiables
Know what you want to prioritize. It might be that you let go of meal prep and instead seek out a sponsorship from Sweetgreen. Put that extra time towards a daily meditation and/or movement practice. It’s OK to switch things around or sub things out in the name of festivity. For the sake of this article, we’re going to pretend that the above is exactly what you will be doing because we all know that healthy food is possible to purchase — but you can’t hire someone to work out on your behalf (YET).
Set up your week
Now that you know your plan of attack, spend some time at the beginning of your week blocking out time specific to these activities. If you are committing to five in-studio workouts and two meditations from home, go ahead and book your classes, write them down, and then commit. If you get sprung with a last-minute offer to dance on tabletops or just to eat some sushi with friends, you can still say yes —you just have this one thing you have to check off before you meet them. You see where this is going?
Set up a way to track your success
Have a big box next to your calendar events that you can place a big check mark in once you are done. This action alone will bring you instant gratification. You can even reward yourself once you have completed all your commitments: a new pair of workout tights, that stainless steel water bottle you’ve had your eye on, a smoothie from your favorite juice bar, and so on.
Invite friends to join you
You don’t have to tackle this alone. Chances are your friends and coworkers are experiencing similar frustrations to you in this arena. Discipline is easier accessed if you are held accountable by someone other than yourself. Invite your friends to join you in a yoga class. Hold an evening meditation and tea circle. Stream a fitness class with your roommate. Get creative!
Make it fun
It makes total sense, so why do we continue to do it to ourselves? If spin class just isn’t your thing but you can handle a dance cardio class, then go for the latter. Use this time as a way to create a new relationship with your workout routine. No more doing things you hate, dragging yourself to a class that doesn’t resonate for the sake of fitness. There is something for everyone out there, so play around, experiment with different methods, and find something that you truly enjoy putting time and effort into. Use your movement practice as a way to cultivate more joy in your life. It’s too short to be spending time doing things that bring you anything less!