With the holidays and New Year around the corner we are getting busier and busier. Getting to the gym is harder, and, due to holiday travel, extended shopping trips and spending time with family, your workout regimen seems to be getting thrown out of whack.
Fortunately, with a little proactive planning, consistency and goal setting you can still stay on track. Whether you are traveling this season or crunched on time at home, you will find these five tips extremely helpful
1.Do a “Condensed-but-Intense-Workout”
Customize your own 30-minute workout combining three lower body workouts (squats, lunges, single leg dead lifts, glute kick-backs ) and three upper body exercises (chair dips, push-ups, bicep curls, triceps extensions.).
Warm up with exercises like jumping jacks or mountain climbers, then do 10-20 repetitions of a lower body exercise and 10-15 repetitions of an upper body exercise. Follow this with a minute of jumping jacks or jump rope. Repeat this routine two or even three times.
If you work out at home, do these exercises as quickly as possible to maximize the burn. If you are traveling, at the gym, or small hotel gym, add dumbbells.
2. Get Active in Airports
If flight delays leave you with extra time at the airport, take advantage of it. Don’t just sit down on the chair and stare at your phone trying to kill time. Store your luggage in an airport locker and take a hike through the terminal.
3. Bring Bands, Gym Shoes, Gym Clothes
Don’t leave out fitness equipment when you’re packing for a trip. Bring fitness videos, bands, JUMP rope, your running or walking shoes or other gear that you can fit in your bag. When you are gym ready, it’s really hard to find an excuse not to go to the gym when you already brought all the stuff with you.
4. Sign up for a fun race.
Doesn’t have to be a big one (or it can be), but it should be a little challenging and fun. Think Turkey Trot 5 or 10 K, Christmas Race or a Holiday race. Knowing that you will have to train for the upcoming race will help you stay on track and choose food and drinks wisely at holiday parties.
5. Be realistic and schedule wisely.
If you are serving dinner for 15 people on Thanksgiving, you probably realize that you will have ZERO time for a workout that day. Make it your priority the day before and the day after. Put it on a calendar and just do it.
We all like to indulge a little (or a lot) during holiday season. After all, holidays is the time when friends and families get together, share news and stories and make new memories.
So let’s make it about memories this year! One thing I can tell you for sure: you will not remember that 30-min workout but you WILL remember how sexy you looked in that beautiful little black dress (and your friends and family will too).
Have fun, and stay sexy, sister! If you want extra accountability this holiday season, join our private Sexyfit group, where you can check in with like-minded women, ask questions and get ALL the support you need!